Ugandan Cuisines

As far as the sea stretches, so does a list of traditional meals that you are most likely to come across in a country; and Uganda is no different. Bringing together a blend of indigenous Ugandan foods, European and Oriental cooking styles, Ugandans have come up with ways to prepare and create food specialties that you will most likely not taste anywhere else in the world.

Although every region of Uganda provides a treat of its own; for example; you will enjoy Luwombo in the central region, Malewa in the eastern region, Eshabwe in the western region and Kalo in the north. In this piece we examine the official Ugandan foods that you will encounter on your safari and why you must definitely try them before leaving.

Ugandan traditional food

Luwombo: (oluwoombo)

The “Luwombo” is a dish prepared by wrapping food stuffs in banana leaves with all the spices and ingredients, fastening the package with a piece of banana fiber and steaming them. This method is used to prepare sauce like Chicken, beef and groundnut paste. The steaming allows the spices, vegetables and meats to come together so well that the moment you untie this magical Ugandan safari cuisine, you will be enchanted by that exotic aroma that you will only find in Uganda.

Matooke: (amatooke)


This tour Uganda cuisine refers to plantain that is cooked and then mashed. Again, the plantain is wrapped in banana leaves after peeling it and placed on a stove. When the plantain is tender, it is untied, mashed then wrapped up again and left on the stove until the meal is ready to serve. Matooke can be enjoyed with a variety of sauces such as Chicken and meat stews, fresh beans, peas, fish and groundnut paste among many others.

Groundnut paste: (ebinyeebwa)

When groundnuts are dried and crushed, they form a sort of coarse powder that when cooked, forms a groundnut paste. A little water, salt plus vegetables such as carrots, onions, garlic, bell pepper and other desired spices are added to groundnut flour and wrapped in banana leaves then put on a stove. Alternatively, the paste can be cooked with meats, dry fish and other local recipes or just cooked alone and eaten as a stand-alone sauce for Ugandan safari cuisine.

Chapatti: (Chapatti)

Made from wheat flour, carrots, onions, salt and oil, the Ugandan Chapatti resembles the Indian flat bread. It can be enjoyed alongside other foods with sauces like meat, chicken and beans. Chapattis are widely available that even many youth entrepreneurs make and sell them along the street. So when you think about Ugandan tour cuisine, think about the Chapatti.

The Rolex: (rolex)


The Rolex is Uganda’s signature snack; created by rolling an omelet inside a Chapatti. Make it a point to taste this Uganda tour cuisine served in various forms such as the Vegetable Rolex; where a salad is added on top of the omelet, Chicken Rolex and beef Rolex among others. It is a Ugandan delicacy that you will not find anywhere else on the planet…so why not try it while you are here!

Grasshoppers (nsenene):

Grasshoppers are seasonal delicacy enjoyed throughout the country. They appear in the month of November and once collected, the insects are rid of their wings, legs and antennae so that when you eat them, the limbs don’t get stuck in your throat. They are then fried on low heat with abit of oil, onions, salt and bell pepper.

Roasted meat: (muchomo)

Muchomo is basically meats like beef, pork, chicken, goat and other preferred meats placed on iron rods and roasted over medium heat to make a barbeque. It is often served with salads and Cassava or steamed plantain. This Uganda tours cuisine is best enjoyed around a campfire with a cold drink.

Pottage: (Katogo)

Katogo” generally means a mixture of different types of food. It is often prepared for breakfast entailing mainly plantain (sometimes other foods like Irish might be added) prepared together with meat, offals or ground nut paste. Served with a side of vegetables, prepare your taste buds for this Uganda tour cuisine.

Stiff porridge: (Posho /Ugali)

Posho or Ugali is made by bringing water to a boil, adding maize flour and stirring till a firm consistency is gained. This Uganda food cuisine is widely enjoyed throughout the country and goes well with fresh beans, peas, beef stew and greens. You must definitely try this safari in Uganda cuisine.

 Spiced black tea: (chai Mukalu)

As far as Ugandan traditional food goes, it is never complete without spiced black tea. Before heading out into the wild to track gorillas or for a game drive, sip away at a natural blend of tea, cinnamon leaves, fresh ground ginger, Rosemary and lemon grass with a bread, doughnuts or Katogo.

Where to eat:

  1. Roadside eateries:

Delicacies such as rolex and grasshoppers will be available at roadside eateries. These might include simple establishments like Chapatti stalls and takeaway points. Small side restaurants will also have most local dishes.

  • High end restaurants:

For a more exotic and sophisticated feel, high end restaurants around main towns will keep you wanting more of the Uganda tour cuisines and you will definitely come back for more.

Bottom line:

The art of Uganda tours cuisine is quite a unique and enchanting one. Open yourself up to delights such as Matooke, Rolex, Katogo, Muchomo and ground nut paste for the best experience yet. Contact us on or to book Uganda safari tour to taste the best cuisines.  


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