Tag Archives: Food

Crazy for Cassava Chipies

When taking a leisurely stroll down Dar streets, it was nearly impossible not to be tempted by the tantalizing aromas from street vendors. There was spicy mishkaki (meat on skewers) or roasted mahindi (corn) hovering over a grill, rousing taste buds. Continue reading Crazy for Cassava Chipies

A Dar es Salaam Grasshopper Invasion

Photo courtesy: Gary Rodgers — Wikimedia Commons

I walked home along a quiet Dar es Salaam street. Although it was about two a.m., the sound of grasshoppers filled the air. Around every streetlight were teams of green grasshoppers, their wings fluttering as if their lives depended on the buttery glow. Continue reading A Dar es Salaam Grasshopper Invasion

Uppuma

I don’t remember where I first tried uppuma in South India, but I knew it was a flavour my taste buds craved again. After I left India, I scoured a bookshop in Tanzania and came across a South Indian cookbook with the very recipe inside. Continue reading Uppuma

Mouth Watering Maharagwe

While living in Dar es Salaam, I was invited to a Hindu friend’s house who ran a kitenge duka on Independence Avenue at that time. At lunch, I devoured a kidney bean curry like a taste bud smorgasbord. Continue reading Mouth Watering Maharagwe

A Dar es Salaam Tangy Taste

When I buy samosas in Canada, they come with tamarind chutney that is nothing compared with coconut chutney made with freshly grated coconut.

That’s what accompanied samosas I crunched in Dar es Salaam. The blend of lemon, chili and salt combined with freshly grated coconut and coriander, complemented samosas better than anything I’ve tasted since.