Mukimo…how to describe it… a food ,a staple of the Eastern and Central parts of Kenya especially to the communities living around Mount Kenya,the second highest peak in Africa that stands at an elevation of 5,199 metres.In the early morning when we visited my grandma we could actually see the mountain top from her house.
Back to Mukimo…its mashed potatoes with peas,corn,beans and some vegetables thrown in for color..There are as many ways to make it as there are to make chapatis but here is mine:
10 medium-sized potatoes(red)
1 cup green peas
1 cup shredded pumpkin leaves
3 cloves minced garlic
1 medium-sized onion
1/4 cup fresh cream
4 tablespoons milk
salt to taste
2 tablespoons corn oil
1 cob shelled sweet corn(optional)
1.Put your peeled and cleaned potatoes in a medium sized saucepan and add water till it covers the potatoes,cover the saucepan and bring the potatoes to boil then add your green peas.Boil till potatoes are cooked and fork easily passes through them,may take about 10-20 minutes and peas soften.
2.Drain the potatoes and peas and in the same saucepan add the corn oil,then sliced red onion, fry till so ftened then add garlic,fry for a further 30 -60 seconds then add the shredded pumpkin leaves and salt to taste and cover.Let cook for about 5-7 minutes covered on medium low heat.
3.Add your sweet corn if using then the drained potatoes and peas and cover for a further 5 minutes.
4.Remove from heat and using a mwiko(wooden spoon used for making ugali) or a potato masher mash the potatoes to break them for about 5 minutes.
5.Return to heat and make a well with your wooden spoon then add cream and milk,heat till it bubbles then turn off heat,and mash till its soft and creamy.
It is great with any kind of beef/chicken stew or on its own with a colorful salad.
NB:Red/pink/brown skinned potatoes are my firm favourite for mashed potatoes as they give a better consistency