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White Chapati and Obobwa (Stewed Mushrooms in Peanut Butter) Recipe

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White chapati and Obobwa(Stewed Mushrooms in Peanut Butter)

White chapati and Obobwa(Stewed Mushrooms in Peanut Butter)

White chapatis are very popular in Kenya, especially in the urban areas.

The white chapati is prepared using refined wheat flour and is accompanied by meat, legumes or vegetables. They are sometimes consumed with tea for breakfast.

They are often prepared during special occasions.

Obobwa (Stewed Mushrooms in Peanut Butter)

Stewed mushroom commonly referred to as “Obobwa” is a traditional dish among Luhya community.


For the White Chapati:

  • 4 1/3 cups (576 g) wheat flour, refined, fortified
  • 1 ½ cups (318 g) water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) white sugar
  • ½ tsp. (2 g) salt, iodized
  • ¾ cup (168 g) cooking oil

For the Obobwa:

  • 400g mushrooms, raw
  • 1 (187 g) onion, red skinned, raw, unpeeled
  • 3 ½ tbsp. (55 g) peanut butter
  • 1 (140 g) tomato, red, raw
  • 2 teaspoons (11 g) salt, iodized
  • 1 gram “msherekha” (wood ash and water mixture)
  • ¾ cup (157 g) water
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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

1 hour 40 min

2 hours 25 min

Serves 4 people

Obobwa (Stewed Mushrooms in Peanut Butter)

Obobwa (Stewed Mushrooms in Peanut Butter)

Instructions for the Chapati

  1. Measure the wheat flour, salt, sugar, cooking oil and water into separate bowls.
  2. Mix the wheat flour, salt and sugar.
  3. Warm the water and add into the mixture.
  4. Knead the mixture to soft dough for about 6 minutes.
  5. Set the dough aside and cover for 15 minutes.
  6. Place the cast iron pan over medium heat.
  7. Lightly dust the working surface with flour and start rolling the dough to required thickness and shape.
  8. Apply ¼ cup oil on top, cut into strips and roll the strips into balls of the required size.
  9. Cover with cling film or a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rest.
  10. Cooking oil can be added into the mixture either in water, in wheat, sugar and salt mixture or during kneading. Cooking oil can be used to cover the dough to prevent it from drying/ crusting. It can also be applied on top.
  11. Start rolling each ball on a lightly floured work surface into a disc shape.
  12. Cook every chapati on the pan one at a time until lightly browned on both sides.
  13. Lightly oil each side and turn before removing it from the heat. Repeat for all the chapati’s.
  14. Stack the cooked chapati as you remove them from the pan. Keep them covered.

Nutrition information for the Chapati

Nutrition data per 100g of recipe:

  • Energy 1,774 kJ/ 424 kcal
  • Fat 21.1 g
  • Carbohydrates 49.6 g
  • Protein 7.8 g
  • Fibre 2.5 g
  • Vitamin A 59 mcg
  • Iron 3.9 mg
  • Zinc 0.61 mg

Instructions for the Obobwa(Stewed Mushrooms in Peanut Butter)

  1. Wash and chop the fresh mushroom into ¼ (quarter) pieces.
  2. Peel, wash, and finely chop the onion.
  3. Place the mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and peanut butter into a cooking pot.
  4. Add ¾ cup of water and salt, turn on the heat and cover the cooking pot.
  5. Cook for 11 minutes and add 1 g of “msherekha”
  6. (ash: water ratio is 1:9).
  7. Cover the pot and cook further for 5-8 minutes.
  8. Stir, reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for around 25-30 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and serve with the chapatis.

Nutrition information for the Obobwa

Nutrition data per 100g of recipe:

  • Energy 487 kJ/ 117 kcal
  • Fat 6.3 g
  • Carbohydrates 8.3 g
  • Protein 4.9 g
  • Fibre 3.8 g
  • Vitamin A 6 mcg
  • Iron 1.4 mg
  • Zinc 0.54 mg

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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