Ugali- The Tanzanian Side Dish

Ugali is a meal native to Tanzania also called Simbe , Sembe, Posho, and Nguna, made into a dough like consistency to go with stews.

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Ugali is a very simple meal that does not need much hassle. Ugali is made from cornmeal or corn flour. Ugali is also served across several other African countries with only its consistency and name being the difference.


Corn meal


Salt to taste


In a pot, add water and salt and bring to a boil. Slowly add the cornmeal and stir till it is thick and has a dough-like consistency. Once it reaches this consistency, add a little water, cover your pot and allow it to cook for 4 minutes on medium heat. When the Ugali is cooked, scoop portions of it and shape like a ball onto a plate.

Your Ugali is ready to serve with any soup of your choice.


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