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Deep Fry Ugali sticks to power through January

It was one rainy night in December where else besides Nairobi, the holiday season was in full swing, and after a long day at work, all I wanted was some quick, tasty grub. That’s when I stumbled upon something unexpected at my favorite international fast-food chain – Ugali Fried Sticks! Yes, you heard it right – fried sticks made from our beloved ugali.

Now, some might call it cultural appropriation, but I’d like to think of it as a playful nod to our local culture. I mean, who would have thought that humble ugali could take on a new form and become a trendy fast-food snack? It’s like Nairobi’s culinary scene is giving a sassy wink to tradition.

But let’s be real – after a hectic day at work, the last thing on my mind was cooking. The convenience of grabbing a quick, hot snack without the fuss of kitchen chaos was exactly what I needed.

Now, about the recipe – it’s as straightforward as it gets. Perfect for those post-festive January days when the budget is tight, and we’re all counting our coins. Here’s what you need:


1 cup leftover ugali (because who doesn’t have some leftover ugali lying around?)

1 egg (the binder that brings it all together)

1 tablespoon cumin (for that extra kick)

1 teaspoon paprika (because we’re all about flavor)

1 cup breadcrumbs (to make it crispy)

1/2 teaspoon salt (seasoning is key)

Rina Vegetable oil for deep frying (because we’re not counting calories here)


Get your leftover ugali. Admit it, there’s always some leftover from the night before.

Cut the ugali into stick shapes. Embrace the finger-food vibe!

Whisk the egg in a bowl. This will be the magic that holds everything together.

Mix cumin, paprika, and salt in another bowl. Flavor explosion incoming!

Dip each ugali stick in the egg. Let it get nice and coated.

Roll the sticks in the breadcrumb mixture. Get ready for that satisfying crunch.

Heat up the Rina Vegetable oil.

Fry those bad boys until golden brown. It won’t take long – we’re aiming for crispy perfection.

Drain on paper towels. We’re not into greasy snacks – just crispy goodness.

And there you have it – Ugali Fried Sticks that are perfect for those lazy, post-holiday days when you’re feeling a bit broke. Plus, they’re a playful take on our beloved traditional dish, proving that Nairobi’s culinary scene is always evolving.

So, the next time you’re in the mood for a quick bite after work, skip the usual and give these Ugali Fried Sticks a try! Happy new year!

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