If you hold a wedding in Kenya, make sure you offer the guests some great food and make sure it is enough. Kenyan wedding guests love food and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. We are proud of who we are. Since everyone is likely to recall the food at your wedding rather than what you wore or the car that chauffeured you and the bridal team, it is important to plan your wedding menu sooner rather than later. You can get some Kenya outside caterers to help you put together the wedding menu.
If you have attended a couple of Kenyan weddings then I am sure you are familiar with some of these popular dishes. Let’s look at the dishes which would never miss in a Kenya wedding buffet and some new ones which we all love.
Wedding menus are never complete without rice dishes and here in Kenya, pilau is our all-time favorite. Pilau is basically rice cooked with various ingredients that make it brown in color. Pilau is cooked differently depending on which part of the country you come from. The best pilau is from the coast so you better get some outside caterers in Kenya who can cook pilau with a coastal twist.
Chapati is unleavened flat bread that is commonly eaten in Kenya. It’s made using wheat flour and vegetable oil together with other ingredients. Guests will appreciate a Kenya wedding buffet with chapatis but you have to make sure they turn out soft and delicious if you want to make a statement.
Beef stew/mbuzi or chicken
Dishes like ugali, chapatti and pilau are usually served with either beef or chicken stew. Most people who offer mbuzi(lamb chops) on their wedding will serve it barbequed commonly known as ‘nyama choma’ in Kenya. If you offer some tasty nyama choma in plenty on your Kenyan wedding, you will leave people talking for all the right reasons. Kenyans really love ‘nyama choma’.
Vegetables are always a big deal in most Kenyan weddings. Whatever you serve your guests, make sure you have some veggies on the side. This can be anything from kales (sukuma wiki) and spinach to cabbages and traditional vegetables like terere.
Attend any wedding from Central Kenya and you will not miss mukimo as one of their traditional wedding foods. Mukimo is a delicious traditional Kenyan dish made by mashing potatoes with other ingredients like onions, dried corn and spinach to give it that green look. Mukimo can be served with beef stew or chicken stew.
If you don’t serve wedding guests from Western Kenya some ugali then don’t be surprised if they claim to have left the party hungry. Ugali is a simple meal made from white cornmeal and water. You can add just a little butter to give it some more flavor. You can serve ugali with chicken stew on your wedding day to keep guests smiling. Just make sure all the dishes are properly cooked.
Other dishes which are popular in Kenyan weddings include:
• Roast potatoes
• Ice cream for dessert
• Plain rice