Language: Swahili, English
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
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Dialing Code: +255
Time Zone: GMT+3
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As staple of Tanzanian cuisine, ugali is served with almost every course. Made using maize flour that’s boiled until it forms a dough-like consistency, ugali is East Africa’s answer to polenta. Eaten as a bread substitute and served with everything from bean soup to curry, ugali is sure to make an appearance on your trip to Serengeti.
Doughnut lovers, let us introduce you to your new-favourite Tanzanian treat: mandazi. These rich, East African doughnuts have a coconut milk base, which is flavoured with cardamom and coconut flakes. Eaten with curries or over some chai, mandazi are welcome at practically every meal.
Much like its Indian counterpart, Tanzanian chai tea is spicy, fragrant and sweet. Made by brewing sticks of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and pepper, Tanzanian chai is thickened with milk and sugar and enjoyed all day long. You’re sure to have a cup (or ten) on your trip to Serengeti.
What are essentially bananas used for cooking, plantains grow in abundance all over Tanzania. One of the country’s favourite snack foods is Ndizi kaanga, which means ‘fried plantain.’ Soaked in lemon juice and fried in butter and oil, these sweet treats will have you wanting seconds!
Indian migrants have had a massive influence on Tanzanian culture – especially when it comes to food. As much of a staple in Tanzanian cuisine as they are in India, chapattis are beloved by all. This fried, flaky flatbread is prepared fresh for every meal, and eaten with everything from slow-cooked meat to curries.