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Ugandan Recipe ~ Steamed Fish

July 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Going Global, Monthly Articles

“Every tribe in Uganda has its own way of cooking but all the same Uganda tradition food recipes are the best in Africa.On this page we shall guide you hand in hand on how to prepare Uganda dishes.

The basis of Ugandan cuisine is traditional with some Arabic and British influences seen in preparation methods and ingredients. The foundation of the food includes plantain and banana dishes, stews, pastes and local fruit. However, as Uganda is a mix of peoples who came into the country during the 14th century, including the: Baganda, Bunyoro, Toro, Ankole and Busoga.

Though the Baganda people came to dominate over the succeeding centuries the country remains a mix of cultures, languages, modes of dress and cuisine. As such there is no typical Ugandan cuisine. Rather, there are a mix of cultures and dishes. However, the staple of the diet is Matooke, a stew made from plantains boiled in a sauce made from peanuts, fresh fish along with meat and/or tripe. Fish forms a significant part in the Ugandan diet and may be fresh, smoked or salted and dried. There are many unique and truly authentic recipes in the cuisine of Uganda. Most of the Ugandan recipes have main ingredients such as fresh fruits, vegetables and a few pieces of meat in them. The recipes from the Ugandan cuisine are not that difficult to prepare if you have the right ingredients with you.

Moreover, since they are not very time consuming and neither do they require any ‘special’ equipment for preparing the Ugandan cuisine, you will find that most of the dishes are very easy to make.

The Ugandan cuisine is generally not very hot or spicy; therefore you will need to be careful while putting in the right amount of chilies in your Ugandan cuisine.The recipes to Ugandan cuisines are readily available, and indeed you will enjoy preparing your Ugandan cuisine with these traditional and extremely delicious recipes”.

Ugandan Steamed Fish is a traditional Ugandan recipe for a classic dish of fish coated in a mix of tomatoes, onions, chillies and bouillon cube that’s steamed in banana leaves. The full recipe is presented here and I hope you enjoy this classic Ugandan version of: Ugandan Steamed Fish.

How to make Uganda Luwombo Recipe


•1 whole fresh fish (about 750g) cleaned and scaled•1 Maggi or bouillon cube

•2 banana leaves

•100g finely-chopped onions

•100g finely-chopped tomatoes

•1 medium chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped

•1/2 tsp ground cumin

•salt and black pepper

Ugandan Steamed Fish Preparation

Method:Mix the Maggi or bouillon cube with the salt, black pepper, chilli and cumin in a pestle and mortar. Grind to a paste and use to season the fish. Lay the banana leaves side by side (frozen banana leaves can be bought in oriental stores, if you can’t find them use dock leaves, or, at a pinch greaseproof paper) and place some of the onion and tomato in the centre and place the fish on top.

Sprinkle the remaining onion and tomato over the fish. Wrap the fish securely in the leaves and place in a pan of boiling water to cook. Allow to steam for about 35 minutes. Take out of the water and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Unwrap the banana leaves and serve the fish with rice.

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