Surrounded by Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi on Africa’s east coast, Tanzania, is renowned for its snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – its wild life safaris, its tropical beaches, for Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s deepest lake, the majestic Kalamba Falls, and for the spice islands of Zanzibar.

Less known is Tanzania’s distinctive cuisine. A Taste of Tanzania is a blog that intends to remedy that.

African foods are influenced by prior centuries of colonization, migration, and trade routes. Tanzania’s current population of more than 100 different ethnic groups, including people of Asian, Middle Eastern and European origin underscores its varied past and makes it the only country in Africa whose cuisine shows the influence of countries all over the world.

And then there are the spices that make Tanzanian cuisine special – the use of coconut, cardamom, garlic, saffron, turmeric, and pilau masala – a unique mix of black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and cumin used in many rice and stew recipes.


Tanzania is located in East Africa (Indian Ocean is on the East). Since Persians visited the coast of East Africa dated as early as 17th century, they introduced many things including spices and some recipes; example, Pilau, Haluwa, samosa, Bagia, etc. Our diet is a mainly African, and a little bit of Indian and Arabic. I hope you will enjoy these simple recipes from Tanzania and a few of my favorate from other countries.

Miriam Rose Kinunda blogger of www.TatseofTanzania.com

Miriam Rose Kinunda (Founder)

Miriam Rose Kinunda started to post Tanzanian recipes just for fun in June 2004 with the domain name miriammalaquias.com; In 2006 I changed to mirecipe.com and started to blog, In July 2009, I decided to give this site a name that fits, A taste of Tanzania

Contact Taste of Tanzania for any questions Info@tasteoftanzania.com

To learn more about Tanzania visit Wikipedia

  29 comments for “About

  1. Julie Sundin
    September 14, 2016 at 3:31 AM

    Jambo Miriam, so pleased to come across your blog and see the recipes I grew up with. Born in Morogoro, raised in Tanga, schooled in Arusha…Tanzania will always hold my heart! I have lived in Australia for 36 years now but still call TZ home and still get homesick! Can’t wait to get your book. I’m cooking Maharage as I write this. Julie Sundin xxx

  2. senem
    January 27, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Miriam salam alaikom/ hello from turkiye – Ankara

  3. CliveAfrica
    January 26, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    whats your comment about the normal food that is sold in small restaurants cafes etc on the streets? I’m an Australian living in Mwanza and the only food you can get on the street wazungu would think twice about feeding their dog back in Australia.

    the everyday Supu/stew is just anything that is left over from butchering a cow or goat. Its very popular. I thought this was all there was to Tanzanian cooking, thanks for showing me there is a much better side to Tanzanian food.

    • May 3, 2015 at 9:22 AM

      Yes there is more about Tanzanian food, and i have been writing online about Tanzania food since 2004, until 2009 i came up with Taste of Tanzania to draw more attention.
      Those small restaurants are meant for people mostly with much low income, I do believe for that reasons, the owner cannot invest on a better chef or ingredients. But I have been to nice local restaurants in Dar Es Salaam that serve Tanzanian cuisine full of flavor. Your best bet is to eat from local Tanzanians homes.

      Miriam Kinunda

  4. RafikiGirl
    February 27, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    I’m excited to find you online and looking forward to making so many good things for my Tanzanian fiance when he finally arrives in Australia, especially chapati na pilau! Asante dada

  5. christine
    August 16, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Kindly me on how to make beef pilau.I hve tried but have not succeeded.I will be really appreciate

  6. January 27, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    From the first time I visited this blog and heard Miriam’s work, I knew there was a positive bomb ready to explode. Miriam’s success is going to enrich us all who love eating good food and blind us with a long lasting appetite. But above all those who never knew how great and diversified Tanzanian and Swahili cooking is shall swallow something new. Songa Ugali, mwanakwetu!

  7. Catherine
    December 4, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    I worked abroad in Kenya for a year and since coming back to the US, I’ve been trying to keep some of the East African experiences alive. Thanks for a great website that allows me to cook such delicious food!

  8. IndianFood
    November 27, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    The recipes here look delicious. I will be trying some of them soon. The Green Papaya chutney recipe looks particularly tempting.

  9. Brenda
    September 30, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    I think you are a beautiful person, both physically and emotionally. I have just discovered your videos and your website and am an instant fan. I am preparing the tomatoes and potatoes this week and will attempt the beef stew also.

    I will definitely purchase your book when the details are worked out. Self-publishing is challenging and expensive, so I congratulate you for conquering such an epic task.

    Best of luck, always.

    Brenda from Ohio in the U.S.

  10. tony labongo
    August 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    tanzania is the best place to live in the whole world .bila jasho! even if it is very hot!

  11. Josh
    April 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Tuongezee Vids YouTube basi!

  12. October 21, 2011 at 6:13 AM

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  13. Nancy
    April 8, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Very good site, I love it… especially how you introduce our country (Tanzania), followed by your recepies…! you are a very good ambassador.

    Be Blessed!

  14. Sajid
    February 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    habari gani mariam. asante sana.
    You brought back many childhood memories from Dar.
    A big and most important dish you forgot was mahrage.
    It is still our weekly staple with ugali.

  15. Nadia
    February 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM


    Thanks for your site. I’m a Tanzanian living away from home and when I get homesick and crave Tanzanian food, your recipes definitely come in handy. Keep up the good work. Asante.

  16. November 11, 2010 at 3:00 AM

    Love, love, love your site! I have been looking for food blogs that are distinctly African. This is great!I am a Southern African in West Africa but curious about East African tastes.
    Will definitely be back.

  17. April 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    @ KhanaKhazana,
    Use medium heat. Some people prefer high heat, but I prefer my Maandazi to have a nice golden brown color instead of dark brown.

  18. March 19, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    A variety of several towns for the good journey on this planet. I do not discover exactly why, but yet i do believe i’m keen on usually all the asian place with regard to my best break, because i do believe individuals there are therefore warm and friendly as well as beneficial

  19. February 10, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    I hope my preparetion will also come up as good as yours. I will attempt this indian food recipe during holidays. I am confused if the frying is supposed to be on high flame or low flame ?

  20. Albert
    December 24, 2009 at 2:06 AM

    Kazi nzuri ila naomba nikushauri ufikirie kuweka on hold domain taste of East Africa! Si unajua EA Block inavyoenda kasi, basi dada yangu jaribu kufikiria hilo! Pia a link between Tourism Industry and EA Federation, who knows may be you will be the main player on culinary staff by that time!

  21. December 19, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Hi! The recipes here are fanstastic. Thanks for having this site. I just found a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan that I LOVE! The eggplant flavor is like beef, but without the fat and calories. It’s a really nice substitute for meat. Visit my site if you’d like to read more. Thanks again – great site!

  22. October 7, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    And I meant to say I *love* your profile picture!

    Thanks Jeanne, this photo was taken at a restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa.

  23. October 7, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Hi Miriam
    I followed a link in my visitor stats today and discovered you – and I’m delighted! What a great resource for Tanzanians (and other homesick Africans!) looking for a taste of home. I’m going to add you to my “Favourite African Blogs” blogroll if you don’t mind?

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