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Pilipili and Rosemary Marinated Mbuzi Choma Na Kachumbari

There are a couple of things that are distinctly Kenyan. “Me I” is distinctly Kenyan. Our loud, artsy Matatus are distinctly Kenyan. Phrases such as ‘wah’ ‘si’ ‘hebu’ can only be understood by someone who has grown up Kenyan; and even when explained, the meaning will not be understood as it should. Choma over every holiday, and if we are being honest- during any time we get together- is one of those distinct Kenyan habits. We love our choma!! Choma is a roast- equivalent to the South African braai. We do love our meat, and roasting it makes it even better.

Mbuzi (goat) choma is very very popular too. It is among my top three favorite chomas and today’s recipe and video takes you through how I make mine explosively good!!! I hope you love it as much as I love it!

As usual, there is a video on my YouTube channel accompanying the write up!!

Watch here:


For the kachumbari

 1 red onion, finely chopped

3 tomatoes, cubed

½ a lime, juiced

A dash of salt

A pinch of pepper

Finely chopped dania

For the Mbuzi ribs

1 rack of mbuzi ribs

7 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves

1 whole pilipili, chopped

½ a teaspoon of dried thyme


For the kachumbari, chop all the ingredients and place into a bowl, pour the fresh lime juice over it then your salt and pepper. Commonly, Kachumbari is made with only tomatoes and onion. However, I add a splash of a tart citrus fruit, usually lemon- but today lime- for more depth. I also add some herbs, often dania (coriander) for additional freshness and herbiness. All within reach and that just proves, it is the little changes that make a HUGE difference.

It is also important for you to steep the chopped red onion in some hot water with salt or hot water with a splash of vinegar after chopping. Let the onion steep for about 10 minutes, then drain the water before adding the onion. This eases the otherwise pungent flavor of the red onion and will 100% save you from the plague of onion breath. We are def not about the onion breath life!!!

Mix it all up and you are done. Place it in the fridge to chill, and as that is happening, let us get to choma-ing the mbuzi.

For the mbuzi, first step is to marinate and that starts the day before. Remember, the longer you marinate, the deeper the flavors become. I marinated mine for 24 hours, but you can stretch that for up to 3 days refrigerated. Chop and mix all the ingredients in a bowl- I love my marinates herby and for my mbuzi, pilipili (bird’s eye chili), rosemary, garlic, thyme and a bit of soy sauce was perfect. Remember you can always adjust and add other ingredients as per your preference.

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Slather it over the ribs ,as shown in the video, wrap with a cling film and let it marinate overnight and upto 3 days-refrigerated.

Once done marinating, remove the meat from the fridge and let it come to room temperature, then proceed to choma until it gets to your preferred level of doneness. I added some salt before choma-ing. Be mindful of the amount of salt you add because soy sauce is already quite salty, so just a dash is enough.

Once done, serve hot, juicy mbuzi choma with the chilled kachumbari you earlier on prepared.

What I love most about this mbuzi choma is that the flavors of the marinate do not overpower the inherent delicious taste of mbuzi ( goat). They instead play off of each other and everything simply shines! You can taste every herby note and your mouth experiences nothing but explosive flavor!

The kachumbari counters the rich meatiness of the meat by introducing some freshness, and those two in combination truly never ever dissapoint!!. Next time you make some mbuzi choma, do not roast it plain! You will only need  herbs to transform it from bleugh! to woooooooooooo!!!!!!!. So step out your usual, coz you def deserve nothing but the best.


This recipe is part of Black History Month, where we hold a virtual potluck and share dope recipes with the world and with each other. Check out the other recipes form other bloggers of color:

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Cooks with Soul | Boudin balls

D.M.R. Fine Foods | Spice Roasted Chicken

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Dish it with Tisha | Jamaican Curry Chicken

Domestic Dee | Chicken Sliders

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First and Full | Homemade Peach Pie

Food Fidelity  | Nashville Hot Shrimp Sandwich

Food is Love Made Edible | Smothered Okra with Chicken and Smoked Sausage

Foodie In New York  | Chess Pie

Immaculate Bites | Pimento Cheese

Kaluhi’s Kitchen | Pilipili & Rosemary marinated mbuzi choma with Kachumbari

Kenneth Temple | Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Marisa Moore Nutrition | Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cabbage

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Sweet Tea & Thyme | Spiced Peach Shortcakes

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  2. Samantha

    Pilipili and Rosemary Marinated Mbuzi Choma Na Kachumbari. The name caught my attention and I can’t stop wondering how it will taste. So tonight is going to be kachumbari day. Wish me luck because I am so new to this. Thanks for the detailed recipe.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hope you loved every single bite!

  3. Charity Kariuki

    From that time I saw this recipe I have been making it for myself and for friends never disappointed thank you

    • Kaluhi


  4. bazu

    nice one

    • Kaluhi

      For sure!

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