Chef Ali Mandhry’s Scrumptious Swahili Recipes Worth a Try This Weekend

Chef Ali Mandhry has perfected both the art of cooking and of creating content that you will love. The guy has to have the most likeable personality ever. Can you just picture him saying his catchy slogan “vurunyaa.”

“Swahili cuisine reflects several influences, as a consequence of the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nature of Mombasa and Swahili heritage. It is a mixture of various culinary traditions, including Bantu, Arab, Portuguese, Indian, British and even Chinese cuisine.” is a quote from Ali’s YouTube channel where he showcases Swahili influenced meals, cakes and travel.

Chef Ali Mandhry who goes by Chef Ali L’artiste has also been using Instagram to share his recipes and meals. For the month of Ramadhan, he has highlighted a Swahili dish every day to have for Iftar and we totally feel like everyone should get on this.

Here are some of the meals he’s shared recently.

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How about this delicious Goat rice for iftar? Hapa ni ku Vurunyaaaa mwanangu! I made this yesterday, I promise this recipe is a win, Sijui we call it mwanahalali wa pilau? Au wali wa supu? It kind of reminds me of one of my fav Somali meals known as ‘Somali Barris’ the flavors were just so close and the fact that I personally love eating rice with banana completes it, Sweet and savory is my thing! I actually grew up eating my meals that way at home, this meal just brought back lots of memories, y’all know how I appreciate the moment of eating food, it’s just magical and this recipe is just Magical as well. Try it out step by step tutorial saved up on my highlights as ‘Mbuzi rice’ enjoy this meal with Kachumbari and your fav chutney. #recipe #ramadan #chefalimandhry #ramadhan #stayhome #staysafe

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It’s Ramadan you can make biriani any day…. get the step by step of my beef biriani story version saved up on my highlights as ‘beef biriani’ link to YouTube up on my bio and recipe down below… . Swahili Beef Biriani 1 kg beef fillet steak (if using a tough cut of meat you will need to add in 1-2 cups of water in the mix and cook Until your meat is tender) 500ml veg oil (for frying onions and potatoes) 4 large onion sliced 1/2 kg potatoes peeled and cut into halves 1 teaspoon garlic minced 1 teaspoon ginger minced 1 tablespoon whole pilau mix 1 teaspoon garam masala 2 tomatoes cubed 1 green pepper finely diced 300g tomato paste 3 lemons squeezed 250ml Buttermilk (ilara Mazila maziwa Lala) Salt to taste . Rice 2 cups Pishori or basmati rice 4 cups Water 1/2 teaspoon yellow food color or saffron Salt to taste Method In a deep fat frying pan add in the oil and fry the onions to golden brown using the same oil fry the potatoes to get a good crust from the outside then keep aside. Cut the fillet steak in cubes and keep aside. in a separate pan Add In some vegetable oil (Use the same oil for onions its flavorful) and fry the garlic and ginger Saute for 2 minutes partly crush the whole pilau mix continue to Saute add the beef fillet pieces sauté for 2 minutes then add in a tablespoon of the Garam Masala stir well flavors to coat on the beef then add in the tomatoes, green peppers, tomato paste and Buttermilk or maziwa Lala stir to coat the flavors and then add In the fried potatoes then sprinkle fried onions on top then let it cook while you add in the and lime juice then bring to a boil cover and let it Cook until reduced about 20-25 Minutes on medium heat. On the other hand Measure 4 cup of water and add in the 2 cups of rice and salt cover and cook until the rice is almost cooked sprinkle the diluted yellow food color on the rice and 2 tablespoons of the oil used to fry onions cover with a tight lid then put on a low flame so that the rice can steam and become fluffy. Serve the rice with the thick stew on top. Happy Cooking #ramadan #ramadhan #recipe #chefalimandhry

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Drooling right? Same here. There’s so much where that came from. The recipes are so straightforward and you don’t have to stress about ingredients. Each meal has a highlight on Instagram for the steps. In the captions, the TV chef also shares interesting anecdotes about the meal and the procedure.

If you love flavourful dishes, try some of these Swahili comfort foods. Happy cooking!

Chef Ali’s Pic: Marcus Olang/StillsByMarcus

LL is a writer based in Nairobi who previously loved attending and writing about the pop culture scene, Nairobae events, and cool Kenyans doing cool things. Especially Kenyan women. Currently, she's relearning and exploring beauty and fashion stories in the country.