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Wali Wa Nazi With Whole Cumin Seeds

I made this at the spur of the moment after my youngest sister’s complaints that she needs to eat unique delicious food before she returned to college for the beginning of the next semester. LOL There were plenty of accompaniment dishes in the fridge but no main so I decided to play around with a recipe I have been thinking about for some time now. My wali wa nazi turned out great! My other sister’s boyfriend, Kipngetich, was also around during this day and was able to join us for lunch. He loved it.

Wali wa nazi simply means coconut rice. It is a coastal favorite and I decided to add my own twist to it. If my picky little sister enjoyed this, then you, without doubt, shall too :)).

wali wa nazi with whole cumin seeds_recipe by top kenyan food blogger kaluhi adagala

COOK TIME: 20 MIN                          SERVES: 5


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1 1/2 cups of rice

50 g of dessicated coconut

2 cups of coconut milk

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon of cumin seeds

1/2 red onion finely diced


Toast your cumin seeds in a frying pan until they become fragrant. Set them aside.

toasting cumin seeds before adding them to the wali wa nazi dish makes them fragrant and allows all the oils to seep out

In your sufuria, on medium heat, bring the coconut milk and the water and  some salt to a boil.  Put your rice in once it boils. This should be followed immediately by the toasted cumin seeds and the diced red onion.

boiling rice with the cumin and red onion tempers the onion taste and softens the cumin_wali wa nazi_kenyan

After a minute, add the dessicated coconut and mix it in.

add the coconut to the rice when the water level has decreased by 14_mix it in and cover co finish cooking_wali wa

Turn down the heat and allow the rice to cook.

Remove from heat and serve.

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Imagine walking into a home and the first aroma that welcomes you is that of wali wa nazi. And if it is my home you shall be entering, it won’t b just any other wali wa nazi, but  wali wa nazi with whole cumin seeds for extra flavor and aroma and red onion for a pleasant kick.

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I would serve this with spicy meatballs, creamed spinach and maybe throw in a smoothie if kids are part of the crowd. Or maybe some kuku kienyeji stew, or my pea and potato stew. The possibilities are endless! But whichever way you choose, this wali wa nazi will rock your world!

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Go ahead and shine in your kitchen 🙂


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  1. shades of bellz

    the recipe is so simple..I must try it out..thanks for sharing this 🙂

    • Kaluhi's_Kitchen

      So simple but extremely tasty! You’re most welcome and hope you try this out 🙂

  2. Angela

    Again you dont disappoint!So trying this out!
    Thanks gal!

    • Kaluhi's_Kitchen

      Thank you Angela! Do let me know how all this goes :))

  3. Ciku

    Thanks for this Kaluhi, you are God sent no doubt 🙂 now what amount of coconut milk will i need? You didn’t list it under ingredients…….

    • Kaluhi's_Kitchen

      Hey Ciku,
      I have stated the amount of coconut milk- 2 cups. But when in doubt or when you are using quantities different from mine always remember to use twice the amount of liquid compared to the rice. i.e, if you have 2 cups of rice, use 4 cups of water/coconut milk. That method is fool-proof.
      And thank you for the compliment :))

  4. Rita

    Just tried it and it was awesome ???? Thanks for the recipes

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I am so glad you have enjoyed this :)))

  5. Angelina Mutua

    Hi. Can I make this recipe with brown rice?

    • kaluhiskitchen


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