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Easy recipe: Home-made kuku bahati platter

  Home-made kuku bahati platter (Photo: iStock)

Someone many years ago thought, “Chicken, chips, arrow roots and boiled maize are singularly mouth-watering delicacies. But what would happen if we mixed them all together?”

The end result of mixing all these foods is locally known as ‘kuku bahati’. Those who have ever tasted a platter live to tell tales of ‘mashakura’ they ate and left no crumbs.

The name kuku bahati is because the main ingredient is chicken, that is added other food stuff like chips, arrow roots, plantain, boiled maize and many more.

The number of ingredients to have in this meal are limited by your imagination, but be careful not to overload your plate.

To make tantalising kuku bahati at home, use the following recipe;


Full chicken (depends on the number of servings)

Arrow roots

Potatoes cut into chips


3 eggs

Tomatoes (blended)

Ginger and garlic paste


3 Onions


Soy sauce

Green bell pepper



Cooking oil


Boil the chicken with ginger and garlic. Parboil the potatoes for five minutes in garlic.

Boil the arrow roots and eggs separately. After the potatoes are boiled, deep fry them in hot oil.

Once the chicken is soft, drain the broth and set aside. In a different cooking pot, sauté the onions until they are soft, don’t let them turn golden brown.

Add three tablespoons of soy sauce, a little garlic and ginger paste, green bell pepper and coriander stems. Stir until the components are soft. Add the blended tomatoes and salt then stir to mix.

After the components are well mixed, add in the chicken and stir. Cover for a few seconds to allow the flavour to slip into the chicken. Add in the chips, arrow roots, eggs, and boiled maize.

Squeeze the lemon onto the mixture and then stir. Add in half a cup of water and cover to allow the food to cook and flavours to be well integrated. Enjoy!

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