Again To Fundamentals – Uji ya Wimbi – Kaluhi’s Kitchen

There are particular, particular dishes which can be very paying homage to dwelling. Each particular person has their very own, and a number of other too. For me, the small of mandazi or drop scones jogs my memory of dwelling. The aroma of pilau jogs my memory of dwelling. The scent of a baking lemon cake jogs my memory of dwelling. And the scent of heat uji – significantly on a drizzly morning or late afternoon – additionally jogs my memory of dwelling! I’ve at all times cherished uji (porridge) at the same time as a baby. I cherished it as a part of Breakfast and even instead of chai ya saa kumi. Uji ya Ngano (wheat porridge) is quite common within the coast, Uji ya Mahindi (corn porridge) widespread by way of out the nation and my favourite Uji ya Wimbi (millet porridge) most typical within the Western a part of the nation however equally beloved all through!

At this time I present you ways I make mine, at it’s most foundational recipe!

PREP TIME: 5 minutes    COOK TIME: 20 min        MAKES: 1 giant bowl/ 2 cups


3 tablespoons of unga ya wimbi (millet flour)

1 tablespoon of sugar

600ml of water to prepare dinner

100 ml of water to combine the flour

8 limes and 4 lemons – juiced


Begin by juicing the limes and the lemons. I at all times juice a big batch upfront in order that once I must make uji, The recent juice is prepared. Most individuals usually use solely lemons -and that’s fine- nevertheless I want utilizing a mixture of each limes and lemons because it ups the citrus taste.

Juice them and pour the resultant recent juice right into a bottle. This may be stored refrigerated and used over a span of per week. It makes it simple too since you at all times have your juice at hand and saves you from the hustle of juicing from scratch every morning you need so me uji.

Out of this complete juiced bottle, we will use 3 tablespoons for the recipe.

Uji ya wimbi does very well with a citrus ingredient added to it. Lemons & limes are lovely. Of their place, you need to use ukwaju (tamarind) juice or a tablespoon of ukwaju paste. You may also use tangerines or grapefruit if you would like a sweeter citrus taste.

In your sufuria, pour within the water and add in your sugar. As a result of that is the fundamental, foundational recipe, we’re utilizing water. Some individuals want to make use of milk, others add a splash of cream to the water and others use juice of a pineapple instead of water. You’re free to discover, so long as you’ve got mastered the foundational recipe first.

Combine the water in your sufuria and dissolve the sugar and permit the water to come back to a tender boil. You’ll be able to add extra sugar as per your style or fully remove it.

The flour for uji ya wimbi is wimbi (millet flour). The flour could be very available in any grocery store. The one I exploit is one my aunt sends me from Vihiga; she mills hers with 2 forms of millet and mixes in a little bit of cassava flour. It is vitally nutritious and it’s my favourite!

Because the water is simmering goes, place the unga right into a bowl and blend within the smaller quantity of water. That is vital because it ensures it’s even blended and that there aren’t any balls of flour in a while. You’ll be able to see this within the video at 4.40 – 4.47.

As soon as the flour is blended with the water and pretty thick, pour this into the sufuria with the new water whereas mixing on the similar time (see 4.49 – 4.57). It is a essential step as it’s the step that forestalls lumps from forming. You need to at all times need to have a clean lumpless uji, and this preliminary part is what determines the feel.

It will likely be very runny at first, then thicken in consistency as time goes by. Everybody prefers totally different viscosity of their uji and in the event you love yours thick as I do, it ought to coat the again of your mwiko after its simmer.

At this stage is when you possibly can add totally different flavorants if it pleases you. Some individuals whisk in some peanut butter or almond butter and even marmalade. On this present day, I selected to not however you possibly can discover this feature. As soon as thick, decrease the warmth and let this simmer for 20 minutes.

Simply earlier than serving, add in 3 tablespoons of the juiced citrus fruits, combine in and serve.

I garnished mine with a sprinkle of heavy cream.

My mouth is watering simply by taking a look at these photos. I really like love love uji ya wimbi and this was such a delight to have! You’ll be able to have it simply is, or you possibly can pair it with some recent buns or buttery toast to make it further filling!

The style of the citrus fruits was so lovely and alluring! I really like the way it made my easy cup of uji actually shine!! Not solely was each sip so pleasant, however it’s a deal with to your physique because it ensures your intestine and cardiovascular system is in tip-top form and in addition helps regulate your ldl cholesterol and blood-sugar ranges.

I do hope you give it a try to if good, lumpless uji had beforehand been a problem for you, I hope this put up has been useful! Move by my channel for the complimentary video!

Completely happy Wednesday!

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