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Nyenyi (Mashed Pigeon Peas & Green Maize) and Fried Tilapia

Uriel is a gourmet. He enjoys trying out new recipes and new cuisines. He loves African and Indian cuisine.



“Nyenyi” is a traditional delicacy among the Embu people of Kenya. It is usually prepared from green maize, mashed with potatoes and pigeon peas. It is consumed as a main meal. Traditionally, it was eaten plain. It can be accompanied by meat, legumes or vegetables.

Fried Tilapia is a popular delicacy among the Luo community. It is usually eaten with Ugali.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

3 hours 30 min

3 hours 50 min

Serves 4 people



Instructions for the Nyenyi

  1. Sort and then wash the pigeon peas. Pour 23 cups of water into a cooking pot and add the pigeon peas and cover the cooking pot.
  2. Boil for 2 hours.
  3. Expose the maize kernels and carefully remove the silk.
  4. Remove kernels from the cobs using a corn zipper or by hand in rows.
  5. Wash the maize and add to the boiling pigeon peas. Continue boiling until they become tender.
  6. Remove from the heat, drain the remaining water and put into a bowl.
  7. In the mean time, wash the potatoes, peel then and chop them.
  8. Remove the pumpkin stalks, wash and chop the pumpkin leaves and blend with salt.
  9. Put the chopped potatoes, salted pumpkin leaves and the boiled pigeon peas-maize into the cooking pot.
  10. Add the remaining water, cover and cook until the potatoes become tender.
  11. Add the margarine, remove from the heat and mash.
  12. Serve with the fried Tilapia.


For the Nyenyi:

  • 2 ½ cups (474 g) pigeon peas, dry, raw
  • 6 (1.6 kg) potatoes, unpeeled, Irish, white
  • 200 grams pumpkin leaves,, raw
  • 3 (750 g) maize cobs, with kernels
  • 4 teaspoons (20 g) salt, iodized
  • 1/3 cup (61 g) margarine
  • 30 cups (6472 g) water
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For the Tilapia:

  • 1 (approx.834 g) tilapia,, whole fresh
  • 4 ¼ cups (831 g) cooking oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. (7 g) salt, iodized

Instructions for the Tilapia

  1. Wash and prepare the fresh fish.
  2. Then sprinkle salt on the surface of the fish.
  3. Pour cooking oil into the pan and place on medium heat.
  4. Put in the salted fish into the hot oil and fry until it
  5. browns.
  6. Turn the fish cook the other side.
  7. Place on paper towel to drain off excess oil.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Uriel Kushiel

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