Kuku Paka ~ Kenyan Chicken Curry

I am always fascinated in participating in challenges that give me recipes that I know if I try, I will have licked and clean plates, otherwise there is no use cooking, right? For the month of June, for the International Food Challenge, Remya of Lemon Kurry was the host for the month and she had given us some really delectable recipes based on East African cuisine.


African cuisine has a lot in common with Asian and Arabian cuisine and is highly influenced by various world cuisines. Just look for instance, into this creamy chicken curry that I chose to make for this challenge – every ingredient in it makes you feel as though you are cooking something Indian! The final dish is so apt for our parathas, chapathis or rice that you could easily pass it off as our curry. The day I made this for the family and served it, everybody thought it was one of my Indian chicken curry experiments, but when I told them that the base recipe is Kenyan, they were surprised. We had it with some parathas and they were just too good… Off to the way I made it…Β Recipe adapted from here


Kuku Paka ~ Kenyan Chicken Curry

Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 800 gm chicken cut into small pcs and washed
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  • Grind all the ingredients under the "for grinding" into a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Heat ghee in a saucepan. Add the ground paste and curry powder and cook on low flame for around 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes. Now add the coconut milk, chicken, salt and pepper and cook on medium-low flame till the chicken is completely cooked.
  • Add the coriander leaves for the final touch up.
  • Serve this creamy chicken curry with rice or rotis.


This is supposed to be a really fiery curry. Normally chile peppers are used in this curry, however I added green chillies as per my family's spice capacity. Add more if you can take it! Instead, I adjusted on the pepper. πŸ™‚
If you like cumin flavor, you can increase it to 2 tsp of seeds or 3/4 tsp of powder. I have a cumin averse family, even though I love the flavor, and therefore added bare minimum.
As the curry sits, it thickens. Add a little hot water if you want it to be slightly loose in texture.

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  1. New to me looks delicious . Thank u for sharing

    1. Thank you so much Beena…

  2. Looks very tempting! Always something new to learn from your blog πŸ™‚

    1. We all learn from each other, Priya… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  3. tempting curry…

    1. Thank you so much Kurinji…

  4. it looks soooo tempting….delicious chicken feast …love it!

    1. Thank you so much Rani…

  5. too tempting… yumm…

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  6. So tempting…Did you prepare curry powder? I have store bought Madras curry powder, will that work for it?

    1. Hey Tanya, I used normal chicken masala powder, I guess you can try using Madras curry powder… thanks a lot dear…

  7. Never tried Kenyan curry so this is totally new for me! Love the international food you share with us Rafee, bookmarking this for my curry variety πŸ™‚

    1. You will definitely like it Jehanne… thanks a lot… πŸ™‚

  8. wow..this looks a delectable one,Rafee..love to have with some naan πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  9. The curry looks very delicious and easy to prepare…

    1. Thank you so much Ree…

  10. Yummy rafee and there is so similar recipes there

    1. Thank you so much Ramya…

  11. Very delicious and completely a fingerlicking chicken curry, your clicks are killing me.

    1. Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  12. Delectable gravy!! Perfect sidedish for Rice and breads verity..
    Please add your post to our link tool and check the link below ..

    1. Thank you so much Sara… I have linked it to Ramya's post, appreciate your reminding…

  13. Luvly recipe rafeeda…

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  14. Chicken curry looks so yummy Rafee.We used to go to an Eritrean restnt near our house earlier reminds me of that.

    1. Good to know you explore cuisines! My HD is not keen on anything apart from Indian and Pakistani and some occasional continental… hehe…

  15. I love all the chicken dishes in your blog! And this one is no exception! All fantastic!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  16. Never tried a Kenyan curry. As u said this seems like an Indian curry. Will try out this for sure.

    1. Thank you so much dears…

  17. kuku paka hi..hi…fantastic name. delectable curry Rafee…

    1. Yeah, the name does sound funny, Shaami… thanks a lot…

  18. the curry sounds nice and delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Tanuja…

  19. Chicken curry looks finger licking good dear

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  20. looks delicious.. but does is tastes similar to our Indian curry?

    1. Yes, it tastes like our coconut milk chertha curry… thanks a lot chechi…

  21. Really yummy and deicious………..new to me……..Thanx for d recipe……

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  22. so tempting and mouthwatering currry πŸ˜›

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

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