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Recipes around Africa: Tanzanian chips mayai

Recipes By Lolita Bunde

Chips mayai also known as chips omellette is a dish that comprises of a mixture of fried chips, spices and eggs. Although this dish is common in Tanzania, its origin is contested in East Africa as it is also a delicacy in Kenya.

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When you visit Tanzania, be sure to order this dish as it is one of the delicacies amongst the locals. The blend of spices leaves your taste buds doing summersaults and yearning for more.

The best part is that preparing this dish takes less than twenty minutes.

Here are the ingredients you will need to prepare this mouthwatering dish:

  • Fried potatoes
  • 5-6 eggs
  • Two sausages (optional)
  • One large onion
  • One green bell pepper
  • Coriander leaves
  • ½ Teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Two table spoons of vegetable oil


In a large bowl, dice the onions and green bell pepper into small cubes, add the finely chopped coriander leaves and mix.

Then add your black pepper, paprika, thyme and salt to the mixture and stir for some seconds to evenly mix. (All the measurements of the spices are above)

Next, cut your sausages into cube shapes (this is optional) and add it to the mixture and mix together. Next you will add in your fried chips slices, you can leave the chips strips whole or cut them to smaller chunks.

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In another bowl, beat your eggs and add to the mixture.

Stir to spread the eggs evenly through your mixture. Ensure the eggs are enough to cover all your ingredients.

In a nonstick pan, add your vegetable oil and let it heat up on low heat. Pour your egg mixture to the pan and let it cook for about four minutes. Do not stir. You can use a lid to cover it to seal in all the moisture.

Once the mixture begins to dry, you will need to turn it over on the flip side to enable it to cook. Remember to use a plate while flipping. If you use a spoon you will break your omellette since it will be heavier than a normal omellette. Allow it cook for about another four minutes.

You can let it cook for some few more minutes until you are certain the egg mixture is ready.

Once ready, cut it into small triangular portions for easier serving. Enjoy!

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