Things are Changing Here…and A Kitchen in Uganda Needs Your Help

It has been a minute! How are you doing? I have been away for most of this year and it has been intentional. Let me explain.

I spent the first half of 2021 critically thinking about the blog, its longevity, its future and most importantly its purpose. I have been writing A Kitchen in Uganda for 7+ years and within that time period I have grown as a person and so has the blog. In writing this blog, I have come to an understanding that I am just one person sharing my own perspective and experience of the food that I have grown eating and loving. But one person can only do so much. It was very intentional of me to name the blog “a kitchen in Uganda” because it is meant to be one among many, not the first and certainly not the last one there will be.

With this understanding and a desire to be more equitable in my food storytelling a lot of things aligned for me to explore an idea that had been on my mind for some time. I spent a lot of time with family last year and there was a lot of storytelling from my father who was reminiscing his childhood and young adulthood. Stories of some of my favorite foods and how they came to be what I know now. With that precious time spent with family came a lot of clarity for this blog.

All this to say that I have a great idea that I would like to explore further. I cannot share a lot about it right now because it is, after all, still an idea. But in order for this to come to fruition, it is going to take a community of food lovers like yourself who have continued to come back and read these words for 7 years! To make it work, I need your help and am requesting your assistance.

Given that there is a limited amount of written works about Ugandan food (both past and present) as a collective, I need your help in telling these food stories. These can be food stories from your childhood, stories from your parents, grandparents and elders within your community.

So if you are Ugandan and are passionate about the food that raised you and your relatives, please send me an email : contact@akitcheninuganda.com with the subject line: My Food Story so that we can talk more and I can share with you details of what I have in mind.

To my non-Ugandan reader, I have so much in store for you. Subscribe to my newsletter to be the first person to hear about the idea drop here I am so excited for this new chapter of A Kitchen in Uganda! Watch this space.

Make Spicy Chips Masala + 9 Year Blogging Anniversary

Spicy and vibrant Chips Masala made out of chips/ fries and a spicy tomato masala base that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

WordPress notified me this week that I signed up for a blog 9 years ago! 9 years is a long time and I cannot believe I am here still writing in this space. Clearly there has been a lot of memories, stories, experiences, trials but most of all growth. Tremendous growth. In fact you are going to be seeing that in the follow up posts where I want to shift my focus to incorporate more storytelling and research. I always feel like I am just scratching the surface when it comes to Ugandan food and culture. This storytelling and research will include a mix of written, photo and video essays. So watch out for those by subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I am also going to be sharing a few lessons I have learned for the past 9 years regarding food photography in a follow up post. So watch out for that as well. I am so excited for what these next months have in store. For now let us get into this tantalizing dish of chips masala.

It has been gloomy and rainy here a lot and I have found myself craving the comfort of potatoes but with the spicy kick of masala, hence chips masala. And because I could go on and on about how this dish makes me feel, I do not want to waste any more of your time so here is the recipe and an accompanying video.

Chips Masala Recipe

What you will need:

4 Large potatoes,

2 Medium tomatoes, chopped

2 Small onions, thinly sliced

4 Garlic cloves, minced

2 Green chilies, chopped,

1 Tsp. Tomato paste

Juice of  half a lemon/ lime

1/2 Tsp. Cumin seeds

1 Tbsp. Curry mix (cumin, coriander, turmeric, cloves, paprika)

1/2 Tsp. Smoked paprika

1/2 Tsp. Black pepper

Salt

A pinch of sugar

Oil for frying

Observations

When you combine, tomatoes, tomato paste and lemon juice, they tend to be sour. Use the pinch (or more) of sugar to cut through the sourness.

I opted to not peel my potatoes and thoroughly washed them instead.

You can see a variation of this recipe using sweet potatoes here.

If you want your chips masala to be more soupy, add water or stock accordingly

You don’t have to use all 4 garlic cloves especielly if you are not a fan of garlic

Method

Wash and slice your potatoes into thin chips. Place the chips in water and let them soak for about 20 minutes.

Chop, slice and mince your tomatoes, onions and garlic respectively.

After 30 minutes, drain the water from the chips well.

Place a pan with oil enough to fry the chips on high heat and let it heat up.

Fry the chips till golden brown. Remove from fire and set aside.

Place a separate pan on fire and let it heat up. Add the cumin seeds into the pan and let them toast for about 10 seconds. Add about 2 tablespoons of oil into the pan.

Add garlic and onions to the pan and let them cook till soft.

Next add the tomatoes and let them cook till soft. Keep stirring to avoid burning

Add the tomato paste into the tomamto mixture and mix well.

Next add your chilies, spices, salt and sugar and mix well.

Add the lemon juice and mix well.
Laslty add the fried chips into the tomato mixture and mix (for about 5 minutes) well till they are all well coated.

Remove from fire and serve hot

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried chips masala. Use #AkitchenInUg to share your creations.

My Vegetarian Kitchen Cookbook is Finally Here!

Hello Friends! It’s been a minute. I have been up to so much lately and as you can tell form the blog title I have a surprise for you! Been working on compiling the  blog’s best vegetarian offerings which you can now get as an e-book. I have always wanted to write a cookbook and I have said it multiple times. Putting together this e-book helped alight my goals and gave me a taste of  what it feels to put a valuable product out there in world. I am now so excited to be sharing this token of love with you!

GetMy Vegetarian Kitchen: 34 Delicious and Wholesome Dishes from A Kitchen in Uganda’.

With most of A Kitchen in Uganda’s food stories vegetarian celebrations, there are so many exciting, memorable and valuable dishes that have been created on the blog for the past 5+ years. This book is a compilation of some of the best of those dishes. The purpose for this book is that you can always have these creations whether you have access to the blog or not.

Who is this book for?

Whether it is planning a big gathering, needing an instant dish to satiate your cravings or looking for an idea for your next potluck or food business idea, this book is for you.

This book is for the vegetarian and/or foodie who would love to explore the endless possibilities that come with using less mainstream local produce and ingredients.

This book is for the creative ‘thinking-out-of-the-box’ individual who wants to make their food journey a little more exciting and fulfilling at the same time with ingredients that are easily accessible.

This book for the Ugandan and anyone on the continent of Africa that has to battle with the government imposed social media taxes. My blog has thrived because of the unlimited access to the internet that I have enjoyed and I realize this is not the same story for everyone which is why I took the time to compile these recipes so that you can have them at the tip of your fingertips with or without  the internet!

What is inside this 77 page book:

  1. 34 Delicious and Wholesome Dishes and Recipes from A Kitchen in Uganda
  2. 2 Menus
  3. Tips on How to Have a Successful Meal Gathering
  4. A Weekly Meal Plan Template

Go grab yourself a copy and start cooking!