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Mukimo (Irio)

Mukimo (Irio)

Nutritional/General Notes

Mukimo (also known as "Irio") is a common delicacy in Kenya especially in the provinces of Central, parts of the Rift Valley and Eastern provinces. It consists of Githeri (another delicacy of these parts that is a mixture of beans and maize boiled together) and potatoes. A popular dish that is also served during special occasions like weddings and birth ceremonies, it can also have bananas and yams in it.

The nutritional value cannot be dismissed: your usual carbs from the starches, vitamins from the greens and other micro-nutirents that come with the various ingredients that are used.

Time to Cook

1 hour to 1h - 35min


  1. Githeri. This needs to be prepared prior to cooking this dish.
  2. Onions
  3. Tomoatoes
  4. Green vegetables e.g. spinaches, kale or pumpkin leaves. Yes, pumpkin leaves can be eaten too.
  5. Garlic
  6. Salt
  7. Potatoes (very crucial). Peel as many as you can.
  8. Yams (optional)
  9. Bananas (optional)


  1. Chop your onions, green vegetgables, garlic and tomatoes.
  2. Fry your onions till they turn golden brown. This will take 5 - 7 minutes.
  3. Place your tomatoes and garlic. Fry until soft.
  4. Next, fry your potaotes until they turn soft.
  5. Add in your chopped green vegetables. Fry until they turn soft.
  6. Add water. Let it boil until the potaoes turn a bit mushy.
  7. Add the githeri into the mixture and stir until they mix right. Let it heat for awhile for some of the water to evaporate.
  8. Remove the food from the fire.
  9. Begin to mash it using a "mwiko". Mash until it achieves a pasty consistency.
  10. Serve.