Mchuzi Wa Samaki

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Mchuzi Wa Samaki (Curried Fish Swahili Style) is a classic Kenyan seafood dish. Rich, full bodied sauce, very spicy, and filling, Mchuzi Wa Samaki is a real “comfort food”.

Mchuzi Wa Samaki

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Mchuzi Wa Samaki Recipe-


(serves 2)

  • 1 lb. fish fillets, cut into halves, thirds, or quarters
  • 1 tbsp vegetable cooking oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and rough chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine
  • 2 Knorr seasoning cubes, crushed
  • 1 tsp. red curry powder
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet hot chili pepper, chopped fine (Note: for very hot and spicy, leave seeds in. For less hot, remove seeds)
  • 2 tomatoes, rough chopped
  • 1 tsp. tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the onions in vegetable oil until softened, fragrant, and browned.
  2. Now add in the curry powder and garlic, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for 1 minute, stirring vigorously.
  3. Next add and stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, crushed Knorr cubes, Scotch Bonnet hot pepper and chopped fresh cilantro, and cook, stirring, for another full minute.
  4. Add in the fish fillets, water, lime juice, lemon juice, and salt to taste. Stir just enough to combine everything well.
  5. Cover the skillet and cook at just a lively simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Serve your Mchuzi Wa Samaki hot, either in serving bowls by itself, or over rice in the bowls. As always, serve some chapatis or ugali to eat this delicious Kenyan meal with.

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