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Discover Uganda’s Top Five Snacks

by Cynthia Tumwine

Mandazi, image; Jumia Food.

One of the most fascinating things about Uganda is its various cuisines across the country from the different regions. North, South, East to Western Uganda. Each region is characterized by a different type of food. Today we focus on easy to make snacks that you are likely to crave on a random weekend while at home. These are some of the easiest and quick Ugandan snacks you can whip up within an average of fifteen minutes.


Samosa, samoosa, sambusa, or samboksa is a fried or baked dish with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, carrots, peas, rice, chicken, minced lamb or minced beef. Served hot, these are super delicious and could be given as starters, put on a breakfast menu or had with tea, coffee or hot chocolate.


Made from Milk or Coconut milk specifically, Yeast, Sugar, Flour and Water. Mandazi are another easy to make sweet delicacy that is very popular in Uganda and East Africa in general.


A delicacy in West and East Africa as well as the Caribbean such as Jamaica, fried plantain is an easy to make quick snack that is very delicious. Fried plantain may be served as a snack, a starter or as a side dish to a main course, such as with rice, meat and several sauces. It is made in different ways: salted or unsalted, cut into “ears”, “fingers”, can be diced, or fried whole.

Gonja/Plantain, image; Jumia Food


Chapati also known as roti, safati, shabaat in different parts of the world is a common easy to make snack here in Uganda. It can be eaten for breakfast, or as “kikomando” for lunch or supper. This meal mainly consists of chapatti and beans popularized by Campus students. Chapati is made of whole wheat flour salt and water mixed into dough and then flattened.

Kabalagala Pancakes

Made from the small sweet bananas or over ripe plantain and flour, this is a delicacy that many Ugandans enjoy at home and even many areas upcountry.

If you are the kind of person who likes to snap your fingers and make things happen or are generally too lazy to cook on weekends for example, then just head to Jumia Food and with one click on the breakfast menu for most restaurants around Kampala and these options will be available for you.

About Mwaniki Mutugi (373 Articles)
<p>Noel Mutugi is a graduate of tourism management from Moi University, a tourism, travel & conservation enthusiast and a tour consultant at the Nairobi-based Kiboko Kenya Safaris.</p>