Cuisine: Zanzibar

Preserved Lemon

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Zanzibar Curry Powder Spice Mix

I researched this spice mix high and low, and I couldn’t find a “recipe” for this wonderful flavoring. So I took the ingredients I found which crossed over from other ready made mixes, and created my own. I must say, this is really good! We tried it on grilled...

Coconut Bean Soup

This is a very popular soup found all over the island. It is a mixture of coconut milk, kidney beans and spices. It’s creamy and decadent and sure to be a family favorite. This soup cooks very quickly, and is a great pantry meal when you find no time...

Fried Plantain, Ndizi Kaanga

Ndizi Kaanga is a popular meal in Zanzibar, usually consumed as a snack or side dish served along with a meal. It’s a nutritious snack and a favorite among locals. I actually like them along with pancakes for breakfast. The plantains used are the unripe ones, but green bananas...

Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice

Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice This recipe is close to the authentically spicy Pilau Rice which is similar to a biryani, an Indian-inspired dish from Zanzibar. There are many similar dishes throughout Africa, but this one is different in that it is heavy on the cloves. Afterall, the island of...