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10 Best Street Food You Must Try in Dar es Salaam

Tanzania is not only known for its endless scenic plains, authentic wildlife and stunning beaches, but it’s also known for its flavorful and delicious cuisine, the Swahili cuisine. Their blend of spices will leave your taste buds craving for more!

Here are the 10 best street foods you must try in Dar es Salaam:

  • Chipsi Mayai

A combination of eggs and potatoes, Chipsi Mayai tastes delicious and is very cheap! You can find this food in every other street of Dar. It’s easy on the pocket and satisfies your taste buds.

  • Mishikaki

Mishikaki is a BBQ dish that consists of meat on skewers. The local spices used to marinate the meat make it one of the most delicious meals you’ll ever try in Tanzania!

You can find mishikaki in mutton, beef and chicken.

  • Nyama Choma

Nyama Choma consists of grilled meat marinated in plentiful spices. Usually, mutton or beef is used to make this savory dish. 

  • Urojo

Urojo is a soup that consists of ginger and mango blended together. It’s topped with tamarind, lime and peppers to add flavor. Potatoes, eggs and meat are also usually added to the soup to make it nore flavorful. 

  • Ugali

Ugali is a staple in Tanzania. It’s made of maize flour kneaded with water. The mixture is then cooked to a dough-like consistency and served fresh. You can also enjoy it with a side of nyama choma or curry!

  • Zanzibar Pizza

Very different from the traditional Italian pizza, Zanzibari Pizza consists of a laid-out base that’s fried. Vegetables, egg, seafood, cheese and mayonnaise are added to the topping, depending on the flavor required. 

  • Mandazi

Mandazi, also called African donuts, are usually triangular pieces of fried sweet dough that can be eaten with or without a side dip. They can be shaped round or oval as well! Coconut milk is one of the main ingredients added to the dough that gives Mandazi its characteristic flavor. 

  • Samosas

Samosas are savory triangular delicacies that come with many different flavors. You can find sweet samosas as well as savory samosas. The savory ones are usually filled with chicken, potatoes, vegetables, or a mixture of these. They’re found in every other street of Tanzania and make for a delicious and affordable snack!

  • Ndizi Kaanga

Ndizi Kaanga, also called fried plantains, make for a delicious and light sweet snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth. You can eat it as a snack or as a side with a main dish. 

Often, Ndizi Kaanga can also be grilled instead of fried. Usually, the grilled version has a savory taste and is served with kachumbari, a delicious salad made of onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes. 

  1. Pakoray

Pakoray are fried battered vegetables that are spiced up with herbs and spices. Chickpea flour is added to sliced onions, potatoes and chilies. Next, spices like turmeric, paprika, salt, pepper and coriander seeds are added. The batter is then mixed and fried! 

It’s a savory snack that you can enjoy with a nice hot cup of masala tea that you can find everywhere in Dar. 

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Dar and enjoy the delicious street food! 

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