Kenya : Sukuma Wiki


What you need

For a serving of 4

  • 1 onion
  • 500g sukuma wiki (alt: spinach or kale)
  • salt to taste


Wash and chop the greens in rough strips.

On a medium flame, heat some oil in a pot and add your onion. When the onions have softened a bit, add the greens and stir. Season with salt and mix.

Cover for 3-5 minutes and remove from heat before the greens overcook. (If they are, they will take on a darker, deeper green colouring).



    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 and Preparation

    Miss Diana


    Recipe courtesy of Miss Diana.

    Camera and Editing

    Tuleka Prah


    *Composer wishes to remain anonymous*

Video Transcript

“My name is Diana Chipo Munanairi and my business is “Fatma Diana Deliciousness.”

Oh, the business is about catering. I’m trying to cater mainly for parties and various functions. My main focus has been almost all types of food, ranging from local foods such as pilau, chapati, rice, githeri; local snacks like mahambris, kaimatis, mutais and so on.

We bought washed sukuma wiki. So, usually you buy it in batches and then it’s washed and cut into small pieces.

So, after that, we put some oil and fry some onions – just lightly. Then you add some sukuma wiki onto the onions.

And add a bit of salt, and then you still mix. You go ahead and mix. You can see it’s still green. So, we cover it just for a few minutes.

Most people actually overcook sukuma wiki. So it kind of turns the colour and it becomes something totally different because of over-cooking.

And after that you can see that the colour is still green. We’ve tried to maintain the colour. So, our sukuma wiki is now ready.”