5 Kenyan Breakfasts That Will Make You Smile

written by Fred Mwithiga 25th February 2019

I love breakfast. I think you have to be from Mars to not look forward to the first meal you’re going to start your day with. Breakfast across the world is the same and also quite unique in its own right. Different cultures have their own take on what a wholesome breakfast should be and we Kenyans sure know a good breakfast when they see one!

Here are 5 Kenyan breakfasts that would put a smile on your face and give you enough energy to run through your morning errands.

Tea and Mahamri

Or should I say ‘chai na mandazi’ This has been around for decades and probably will still be on for a couple more hundred years. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love a nice rich mandazi, so its safe to say that this all time favourite is a Kenyan classic.





Porridge aka ‘Uji’

Almost everyone I know has had a bowl of porridge for breakfast. Traditionally served in a calabash, Uji, is rich and thick and prepared from sorghum or millet so it full of nutrients. My mum likes to call it the breakfast of champions just so that you know how good it is. Uji has become so popular, you can now get it at the Amaica restaurant in Westlands!






Nduma aka The Arrow Root

You haven’t had a Kenyan breakfast if you haven’t eaten nduma. My grandfather was a sucker for these. They are packed with lots of fibre and nutrients that would do your body some good. You can either boil them or deep fry them (my favourite) and have them with your tea or coffee!




The Sweet Potato

We like to call it ngwaci! The sweet potato is an absolute Kenyan breakfast treat. As you can see from the others listed above, we Kenyans are healthy people. Always looking for ways to better our health. The sweet potato is great for breakfast especially if you have a mug of tea by your side. Feeling experimental? you can whip up some eggs and bacon and settle down for an amazing breakfast!


English Breakfast

The English breakfast draws its lineage from the colonial days and has been passed down generation after generation. This breakfast has to be one of the most popular in Nairobi households as it provides a well-balanced meal. You can either choose to have it with a cup of tea or coffee followed with a glass of your favourite fresh juice!




Breakfast News? Ideas? Articles? These links should cover you

The Evolution Of Breakfast

Must Try Indian Breakfasts






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Anonymous 19th April 2019 - 6:47 PM


Anonymous 15th March 2018 - 4:08 PM

great story


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