Swahili cuisine has anchored its position in the culinary world due to its timeless nature.


Part of what makes Diani a great destination choice for your vacation is the wine & dine experience she offers which is endowed with a multicultural culinary heritage, there is hardly a food you will want and not get here or rather a culture you won’t taste in Diani and that is in both food and women (or men if you please), such a lovely destination.

Swahili cuisine has anchored its position in the culinary world due to its timeless nature. Globally, it is one of the cuisines that has remained unchanged over the centuries and kept its charm. For that reason, let us highlight some Swahili dishes you should try in Diani.


Biriani (Biryani)


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Originally from Asia and common among the Coastal communities, one of the finest delicacies in the Swahili cuisine. Biriani has remained a timeless classic that never fails to serve your taste buds tantalizing dining memories from its aroma to its taste. The art of biryani is not in its spices, nor in the rice or meat but the skill which goes into blending them to the flavor it becomes, Diani has several hotels and restaurants that have perfected this art.


Coconut Curry Served with fish or chicken

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 The coconut referred to as nazi in Swahili is to the Swahili cuisine what trust is to a relationship of love. Nazi can be used in so many ways and in so many meals but today we will zero in on the coconut curry which is made from blended coconut with water to form coconut milk which then, depending on what one wants can be used in different ways. One of the most outstanding ways you can enjoy coconut curry is when it is done with fish or chicken.



4 Swahili Dishes you must try in Diani

For the lovers of meat, in my lifetime i have eaten meat cooked in so many ways but none beats how Shawarma is made. Shawarma is originally from the Middle East and finds its way to the Kenyan Coast way back during the slave trade days.

It is made of sliced pieces of meat that are piled together in a cone-like shape and roasted on a vertical rotisserie. Once it’s cooked it is stuffed into a tandoori (Indian Chapati) like roll and can be taken with a drink of choice.



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Another fine delicacy which is made with mashed potatoes and eggs stuffed with minced meat. Katlesi can be taken both as a snack and as a whole meal. Some people refer to it as the potato cake.

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