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Omena has been a struggle for most Kenyans who don’t know how to cook it well. But when cooked the right way, it actually is delicious. Try these simple steps.

Serves: 4-5

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 30/45 mins

Ready In: 40/55 mins



300g omena

Vegetable oil

1 large onion, sliced

 2 large tomatoes, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups sour milk

Salt and black pepper to taste


Select the omena to remove loose scales and dirt. Put the omena in a bowl and pour hot boiling water over it. Cover it with a dish cloth and let it sit until the water has cooled. Once cooled, strain the omena and put it in a cooking pot. Place over medium heat and let cook until the water has dried out.

Pour into a pan, cook for 2-3 minutes then add onions and garlic and let cook for five minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for about 1-2 minutes then finally add the sour milk. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook until the omena is cooked.

Serve with ugali and green vegetables