Kenya : Kachumbari

What you need

For a serving of 2-4

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 3/4 of an avocado


Slice the tomatoes in relatively thick pieces and place in a serving bowl.

Slice the onion and place in a separate bowl. Rinse and add the salt before massaging it into the rings. Add the onion to the tomatoes.

Cut your avocado into small cubes and add to the mix.



    Diana Chipo Munanairi


    Students from the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at Kenyatta University: Dennis Gichuki, Levis Isoe, Tracy Kibue, Caroline Kitili, Eric Mwangi and Josephine Obudo


    Recipe and Preparation

    Diana Chipo Munanairi (Miss Diana)

    A chef, entrepreneur and mother.

    She is absolutely passionate about cooking and it was a real pleasure for me to have met her. She would be happy to hear from you if you have any questions about the food she has prepared for this and all our Kenya videos, or if you are in Nairobi and are interested in her services.

    You can reach her here: or via her Facebook site, “Fatma Diana Deliciousness.”


    Recipe courtesy of Miss Diana.

    Camera and Editing

    Tuleka Prah


    *Composer wishes to remain anonymous*

Video Transcript

Students: “Ama sweet banana. Fresh fish! Matoke. And Kachumbari. Ah ya, kachumbari. Really? Ya, awesome.”

Miss Diana: “It’s my own way of making kachumbari but I’ve also seen other people do that. And the reason why we have to clean and massage the onions: it’s because the onions are very strong, so we tend to neutralise the onions by cleaning them and going through all that process.

Some people use mainly coriander instead of avocado. And the lime basically is to give it a better taste.”

Students: “Yeah, it’s awesome. (For some people). We are now hungry.”

Student1: “It depends on, like… For you to add avocado is like you want to, but mostly people don’t do that. Like, if you go… That is an individual choice. Mostly it’s just tomatoes and onions and coriander and chili. It goes well with the nyama choma he likes. When you go and ask for nyama choma it has to be accompanied by, kachumbari.”

Student 2: Ya, it has to. It’s the one.