Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

Uganda’s Cuisines

October 17, 2022

Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

Uganda is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa because of its fantastic natural attractions. Wildlife viewing (gorillas, giraffes, antelopes, and tree-climbing lions) is a popular activity that tourists can experience during their visit. A visit to the country would not be complete without trying out the Ugandan cuisine.

While their dishes are influenced by English, Asian, and Arab cuisines, they have their own unique flavor. Tribes feature their own specialties, but their staples include starchy food and root crops such as potatoes, beans, bananas, cassava, and sweet potatoes. Interested in their cuisine? Check out this list of Traditional Food in Uganda to learn more about these dishes, Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari with Pamoja Tours and Travel.

Below are some of the top Ugandan Delicious Cuisine that you should look out on your travel. If you are planning to travel to Uganda, you must try some or all of the following 16 Uganda dishes.


Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

It’s like eating royalty. One of Uganda’s greatest meals is said to have developed in the late nineteenth century in the Buganda Kingdom by Kabaka Mwanga’s personal chef. Congratulations to that chef for creating a work of art that has provided delight to so many people and generations from all over the world. Luwombo can be accompanied by matoke, rice, cassava, or chapati.


Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

It is one of those morning treats that will set the tone for the rest of your day. Katogo literally translates to “mixing.” It is essentially a concoction of many meals cooked together. It goes well with fresh salad or avocado. The combination of these various meals results in a delightfully delectable result that will keep you satiated until late afternoon.


Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

This is what meat aficionados would refer to as “paradise.” Roasted meat has become a staple in Uganda, appearing in high-end restaurants as well as roadside stands in every town. Muchomo has a wonderful and crispy flavor and is typically serv with fresh salad or chips (fries). Muchomo is a delicious way to indulge on a diet cheat day.


Matoke is a traditional Ugandan dish and a staple cuisine for the majority of the Bantu tribes. There are miles and miles of lush plantain fields in Western Uganda. Matooke is gathered from such farms and sent to towns for urban people. Matoke may be paired with any sauce. Matoke is often cooked with the peelings still attached (Empogola). This is typically served with pig, muchomo, or other grilled meats.


You haven’t had pork until you’ve had ‘kikalayi.’ The title refers to the large and robust locally produced frying pans used in the preparation. Kikalayi is best when you share with friends, which is why it is presented in a grand manner on a large round tray with optional red chili. If you like pork, kikalayi is something you should try.


Posho is one of Uganda’s most popular and inexpensive meals. It is produced from maize flour that has been soaked in boiling hot water until it hardens. Posho may be eaten with any sauce, but our top choice is with fresh beans.

Rolex (Rolled Eggs)

Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

No, not the high-end timepieces. A Rolex is just fried eggs covered in a chapati. A Rolex is a delicacy that may be consumed at any hour of the day. The Rolex is so distinctive that virtually every Ugandan has a favorite “Rolex guy,” and this comes with a certain kind of loyalty. A Rolex may be on nearly every roadside in the country’s tiny communities. Yes, you can only find a cheap Rolex in Uganda.


Chapati is a popular side dish, particularly in restaurants that you should not miss out on your safari with Pamoja Tours and Travel. This is often sliced into triangular shapes and served as a side dish with your main course. A chapati can also be eaten apart from the main course, as an addition to your morning or evening tea.

Roasted Maize

A snack that may be at any time of day. They cook fresh maize gently over medium heat until both sides are brown. Because fresh maize is used, roasted maize is seasonal and may be unavailable at certain periods of the year.

Groundnut Sauce (Binyebwa)

Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

No, this is not at all like peanut butter. As previously said, the g-nut sauce maybe with a wide variety of meals.

TV Chicken (Local Grill Chicken)

TV chicken is a delicious Ugandan dish that is popular among college students and the younger generation because it is in a rotisserie oven that resembles a television. You’ll most likely find delicious TV chicken options for sale at roadside booths and restaurants alike, frequently paired with salads, smoked bananas, and French fries.


Every culture has its comfort foods, and chaloko is one of them. Chaloko is a traditional Uganda food dish that they make with pinto beans, green peppers, tomatoes, and red or purple onions. You aren’t doing this Ugandan Dish right unless you eat it with posho, which makes it fill up your belly all nice and satisfying.


If you are in the mood for something sweet, mandazi should hit the spot for you. Similar to a donut minus the hole, mandazi is  bread that they fry  and make sweet with coconut milk and shaped into circles or triangles. Sometimes, they add sugar and cinnamon as well. You can eat mandazi by itself or by dipping it in tea, juice, or fruit dip.

Ugandan Egg Roll

A Ugandan egg roll is nothing like a Chinese egg roll, which is popular around the world. In Uganda, an egg roll consists of a hard-boiled egg that is inside a ball of mashed potatoes and then golden-fried in cooking oil. This delicious food can be for breakfast, lunch, or as a side dish.

Sim Sim Cookies

Sim-sim cookies are a dessert that may remind many Westerners of peanut brittle, only this treat that they cook with sesame seeds instead of peanuts. Sim-sim cookies are by heating a mixture of sesame seeds and sugar (or honey) until a paste forms. Afterward, the mixture is out onto a flat surface to cool and then slice it into individual squares.

Chickennat – If you want a hearty, satisfying meal, chicken nat is a Uganda Food you must definitely sample. This dish is by cooking cut chicken pieces in a stew pot with onions, chicken stock, seasonings, and a peanut butter paste. Once chicken nat is cooking, they usually serve it with rice or posho, which will leave you feeling full for a good while.


Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari

Why not try one of Uganda’s unusual delicacies? Nsenene is a popular dish of fried grasshoppers that are often in pubs and roadside eateries. You can only get this popular snack during the rainy season, particularly in November. Before frying the grasshoppers’  they remove natural oils, the insects’ wings and legs. You may see some market and roadside vendors selling the grasshoppers in plastic tubs that you can buy and fry yourself. In pubs, you may get this treat with your beer.

Ugandan Curried Cabbage

You will love this curried cabbage dish that is a flavorful Ugandan food with a bit of an Indian cuisine twist. The dish involves shredded cabbage steamed in a pot of cooked onions, carrots, green peppers, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and curry powder (or turmeric powder). You can enjoy Ugandan curried cabbage by itself or as a side dish, Explore Uganda’s Cuisines during a Uganda Safari.

Roadside Eateries

You will find most roadside eateries in the busy parts of small-town centers. Food is cheaper here and usually consists of roasted meat, TV chicken, chapatis, Rolexes, and fresh vegetables and fruits such as plantains, yams, and cassava.


Since the markets are where villagers bring their home-grown products to sell on a daily basis, you will find the likes of fresh potatoes, bananas, beans, peas, and cassava as well as beef, chicken, and fish. You may also find some vendors at markets selling pre-cooked dishes such as matoke, Rolex and TV chicken.


Restaurants are good places to sit down and savor traditional Uganda food dishes such as luwombo, chaloko and chickennat.

In conclusion, experiencing a country’s cuisine is all a part of the whole travel experience, and this is every bit true for Uganda. Trying the country’s different foods offers you an overall feel of its heart and soul while on your safari.

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