This is the easiest and fastest East African food I’ve found so far.
My sister, who’s a junior at Arizona Christian University, is working on a project on Burundi for her geography class. Burundi is a tiny African nation near Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. It also happens to be the country where my husband, Ben, was born. Of course, she and her project partners interviewed Ben as their expert on Burundi.
She also asked me for a recipe to bring to class, so I sent her directions to make chapati and mandazi. However, those take a long time, so I thought I’d write up a recipe for something a little quicker: chips mayai.
Chips mayai is basically a french fry omelette. It’s a popular street food from Tanzania that is also easy to find in surrounding countires. You can make it from scratch, but this is the busy college student version.
-Frozen french fries
-Oil (palm oil is the most authentic)
Thaw your french fries.
Heat a generous amount of oil in a frying pan. Cook fries until hot.
Beat eggs (eggs and fries should be 2:1 ratio) and add a little milk, salt, and pepper.
Pour eggs in pan. Allow to cook over medium-high heat until the bottom is cooked. Flip over. It’s fine if it’s messy once flipped.
Cook thouroughly and remove from heat. Serve with ketchup.
I’m not sure what one might call this dish; I’m sure it has a name somewhere, but I don’t know it. I do know that it was yummy.
Ben’s first semester of medical school is over! Many people prepared to leave for the break with a still fully-stocked pantry, and I was happy to take the food off their hands for a discounted price. I now have more types of condiments and interesting Asian food than I even knew existed, and I’m looking forward to learning to make new things! One other spouse was generous enough to sell me the entire contents of her fridge for almost nothing– including meat! Ground beef, even! That stuff is not cheap here, friends. I was so thrilled with this blessing that I hurried home and threw together a pasta dish that smelled like Heaven had a barbeque.
Here’s how to make my Meaty Noodle Thing:
Package of macaroni pasta
One pound of ground beef, cooked
One jar of pasta sauce (I used Prego)
1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup of shredded cheese
1/4 cup unsweetened yogurt
Garlic salt, pepper, salt, oregano to taste
Prepare meat and pasta. Save the oil from the ground beef in the pan.
Heat up sauce.
Sauté the veggies in the beef oil. Add seasonings.
Mix cheese and yogurt into the sauce. Add veggies.