Nairobi - Make Your Own Swahili Breakfast - mbaazi na mahamri

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Make Your Own Swahili Breakfast - mbaazi na mahamri

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(10 reviews)
At home in Nairobi!, Nairobi, Kenya
45 mins

About the tour

Swahili is not only a language, it is also a culture, a tribe, and a gastronomy. For this tour, Claire, your Heygo Nairobi guide, is joined by Staicy, a self-taught cook, spice expert and owner of The Food Lab Kenya, come together in the kitchen to show you how to make a traditional Kenyan Swahili breakfast. You might traditionally find this dish of 'mbaazi na mahamri' being peddled by food vendors in Mombasa, along the Indian Ocean, with people stopping on their way to work to devour a plateful (or two), and it pairs creamy, lightly spiced pigeon peas (mbaazi) in fragrant coconut sauce, with mahamri, a bite-size, fluffy pastry to sop up the coconutty goodness and set you up for the day. We'll talk you through the ingredients, and even some swap-outs in case you don't have access to all the ingredients, and take you step-by-step through the process of making this tasty dish. We'll also most likely get distracted with talk of Kenyan food in general, Swahili culture, and what we most enjoy cooking! Join us as we prepare this Swahlii breakfast, and bring a little bit of Kenya to you. Note: this dish is 100% vegan, and does not contain any animal products. If you are gluten intolerant, we'll talk through how you can swap out wheat flour for other flours.

Meet Claire


Whilst Claire is half French and half English by heritage, she is fully Nairobian by choice, and has been in Kenya for long enough to feel right at home in the city. She has lived and worked in six countries, and has always found adventures wherever she's gone: exploring the artistic and off-limits catacombs in Paris, exploring Mexico's coastline in the back of a pick-up truck, chasing alligators in Tanzania, or sky running in Kenya. But what is the common theme behind everything she does? Talking, sharing, and learning something new, so join her on her Kenyan adventures.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Nairobi with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Nairobi. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Nancy E.

11 July 2021

I enjoyed Claire's cooking class very much. These were new dishes for me, and the instructions and demonstration were so clear that I plan to try it for myself. It was so much fun to be in the kitchen with Claire and her chef friend!

Dannely R.

10 July 2021

Wonderful!! Found so much in common with our traditional ways of cooking! Love Claire!

Elizabeth W.

09 July 2021

Fun tour with Claire and Stacie learning to make a Swahili breakfast dish (and how to milk a coconut!). I definitely plan to try it

Julia Anastasia (Yorkshire, UK) C.

08 July 2021

Learn how to milk a coconut!! Claire and Stacey make a great team, what a kitchen combo... interesting to learn how to cook some traditional Swahili dishes, to look at the ingredients and compare how they are similar or different in different parts of the world, the different names for the same products and how they are cooked and eaten.. a little history of origin and to see the finished meal, my mouth was watering, my stomach was rumbling and I recommend you eat before taking the tour... cant wait to cook this, thank you xx

Paul B.

08 July 2021

Such an interesting tour. A great recipe, and lots of information about Swahili language and cuisine and culture as a bonus. And holding up the recipe at the end so we could take a postcard of it was a brilliant idea. I can't wait to try it.

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