Ugali 911


A liitle boy stole my heart when he was born and he did this on mother’s day. This boy has had his share of experiences and his best is when he encounters good food be it ugali, veggies, snacks or whatever it is.His eyes light up and well……he will gobble down that food like someone who has not seen food for the past 72 hours. Then came the corn dogs.Every mother will tell you how uninteresting cooking can be at times. The interest and the passion at times demands a vacation but the boy’s appetite demands a pay increase.This is how we stumbled across the corn dogs recipe on YouTube one day and I was that season that declared me persona non grata in the kitchen. Even cold water with popcorn could have passed as a meal.After several days of bargaining for the corn dogs, I finally bought the smokies pack but the kitchen still rejected me. It took a week and a half for the kitchen ban to be lifted………psychologically.Sigh.Today morning, I march to the kitchen armed with love and passion for this boy, and whip out all my ingredients, soaked the skewers and decided to watch one particular tutorial video that I loved, one last time. You know that feeling you get when just before an exam, you decide to go through your revision notes for you to discover that there is a chapter you had not read then you get an epiphany that this is the topic that will most likely be in the exam. You freeze coz you don’t know if you should have a panic attack, scream, feign illness or acquire a don’t care attitude because you can always repeat the exam the next time it will be offered.That’s what I felt when the narrator said ‘if you don’t have corn starch, you’re on your own, I can’t tell you anything else‘ .At the time I went shopping, my list was;

  1. Buy smokies coz frankfurters are way too expensive for the cost of a dozen. Smokies would give me more than 2 dozen.
  2. Corn starch….. I secretly wished that I could bump into a smaller pack since what is available in the market is way too large for my usage.
  3. Milk but I had not registered for fuliza, I crossed it out when mentally calculating my bill.

Well, I suffered a severe case of amnesia at the supermarket due to the therapeutic effect of being inside a supermarket.Back to the last minute tutorial, a quick glance to alternative breakfast items, I only had eggs and leftover ugali. I thought of making what used to keep me going in campus but my boy would have joked at my survival skills. I swiped to the next tutorial video and the tutor said, corn meal, I rewound that part thrice to be sure I heard the right thing because corn meal on this part of the world is also known as maize flour.Ugali to the rescue. Ugali 911.Ugali is the staple food of my nation, household inclusive.Taraa!You need:

  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. Half a cup corn meal
  3. 3 teaspoons sugar. Reduce to a favorable measure to your liking.
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. Half a teaspoon of honey (optional or replace sugar with honey)
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. 1 tablespoon melted butter….. I used margarine
  8. 1 cup milk…… I used coconut milk leftover from making kuku wa kupaka.
  • Soak your skewers in warm water for 20 minutes roughly.
  • Add oil to your pan and heat. Oil level should be at the level of deep frying.
  • Remove skewers from the water and pierce each smoke like this

  • Mix the dry ingredients and make a well.
  • Add in the butter and gently mix in the coconut milk.
  • Check for a thick batter without any lumps.
  • Get a tall glass and pour your thick batter. The tall glass shall be taller than your skewer like this:

  • Pour the thick batter into the glass and check if your oil in the pan is hot enough by dipping the tip of a dry skewer into it. If bubbles form all around it, it is ready.
  • If the oil is ready, reduce heat to medium high.
  • Dip each skewered smokie into the batter, swirl it round and make sure each side is well and evenly coated before placing it in the ready oil.
  • Once in the oil, turn it around using tongs to ensure that it is evenly browned. I could only do three at a time.

The recipe could do 12 smokies however smokies with crooked tips will either be trimmed or skipped coz they tortured me in their coating process.In Kenya we say, shape wachia models and inner beauty ni ya worms. The English translation will water it down.A few out of shape ones….But they were all good…. I mean sweet.& the last biteHere’s a toast to love and motherhood.Happy Mother’s Day doesn’t mother whether you biologically are a mother or circumstantial. You’re a mother.Happy Mother’s Day.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. I love how you have infused local ingres that one can find readily available in their kitchen. Will try it out.. Looks delicious

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  2. Winny Chepkemoi says:

    Yummy and a very creative way of getting the totos to eat eeh…it doesnt mother the shape as long as its nyummy 😋

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    1. Tell me about it. My kids are still on my case

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