Cook East African Dishes at Home

Expand your cooking repertoire with these authentic East African dishes



1.5 hours Class size 1 to 30

label $55 (or 4 payments of $13.75 Afterpay)

Spice up your home cooking and learn how to make authentic East African dishes from the comfort of your own home!

The region of East Africa has been influenced by so many empires, travellers and traders. With these influences, the flavours of East African cuisine are varied yet simple, filling and staples. You will often find a porridge made from maize called ugali as an alternative to rice being served with stews. The mashed plantain dish of matoke is also a favourite.

Meat is an important part of the diet as the regions of Kenya and Tanzania have many cattle herders. Spices have been traded through the region from India to Europe for centuries and are commonly ground by each household to their taste.

When you come to an East African online cooking class with Foodie Trails, you will not only learn the basics of the flavours but also home cooking by traditional chefs!

What we will cook:

  • Pilau ya nyama – a Swahili phrase that translates as aromatic rice cooked with meat, a similar dish is called Bariis Iskukaris in Somali (this means one-pot rice or rice cooked with something e.g. meat or vegetables). This dish is cooked all over Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Kachumbari – tomato and onion salad – this salad has its origin in India where it is called kachumbar. It is popular along the East African coast.

The hands-on cook along experience will go for one-and-a-half hours, as you are guided by an experienced cook showing you techniques and answering your questions live.

Your recipe and notes (sent a week prior to the class) will give you an indication of the equipment required; these are usually items that you will have on hand in the average home kitchen.

Have fun at home and explore new cultures with this virtual cooking class!

How it works:
  • Five to seven days before each class you will receive the recipe note, ingredients list and cooking equipment required.
  • On the day log into the call to participate in the class. We conduct an online cook along with participants over a group call.
  • It’s fun, interactive, helps you learn new skills and most of all bring together various cultural backgrounds through food.
  • No class recordings are provided. If you do not cancel or reschedule your spot in advance we are unable to offer a recording.


Knowledge required
Beginner-friendly.
 
What to bring
Please have the ingredients, equipment and recipe ready to go when you log into the class. This information will be sent to you five to seven days before the class.

The cost of ingredients will roughly be between $20 and $30, including basic ingredients you may already have at home. These ingredients can all be found in local supermarkets.
 
Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

Your teacher
Shukri Abdikarim and Abderazzaq Noor

Shukri Abdikarim and Abderazzaq Noor


Abderazzaq and Shukri are home cooks who love to share their culture through food. The couples’ cooking is best classified as East African and reflects their Somali heritage and growing up in Kenya and Tanzania.

Shukri Abdikarim started cooking when she was nine years old. She would write recipes from her mother, aunties and friends in a big black book that is the trusted source of many tried and tested recipes (she still has the same book!).

Shukri grew up in the ancient city of Mombasa, a melting pot for immigrants from Iran, Portugal, Oman, Yemen, Somalia, and the Indian sub-continent.

Abderazzaq Noor spent much of his childhood helping out in the family restaurant which specialised in Somali cuisine. This was the start of his appreciation for good food and cooking.

Abderazzaq’s other loves of history and writing led him to start a food blog where he and Shukri develop and curate recipes from Somali and other cultures.




Your host
Foodie Trails
Foodie Trails

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Our home style cooking classes are designed to be fun, casual and informative. They are run in a hands on group style environment.
We teach you what our Mum’s and grandmas taught us over the years and share stories of our backgrounds and give you lots of tips and tricks to fix it when you might stuff it up.
Our classes are presented by regular people ( though some might work in hospitality).

We have a selection of cuisines to choose from including Sri Lankan, Indian, Thai, and Japanese. Our menus are seasonal and requests are welcome. We will do our best to accommodate them. The classes are a great way to expand your skills or even give to a loved one as a present. We invite you to join us for a cooking classes in Melbourne

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