KachumbariThis is the one salad most Tanzanian kids know and love.Traditionally, raw cabbage is used for this dish. However, I prefer to first slightly fry the cabbage in a little extra virgin olive oil before using it in the salad. I have also add extra virgin olive oil.
This is a side dish.
NB. The amount of cut tomatoes and cabbage should be equal while the amount of onions should be about 1/2 or 1/3 of tomatoes.

  • Tomatoes (Cut tomatoes in about 1/2 a centimeter thin slices)
  • Cabbage (Cut cabbage in very thin strips of about 4 to 6
    centimeters long)
  • Red Onons (Cut red onions in very thin slices)
  • Fresh lemon/lime juice
  • Coriander/cilantro
  • Hot peppers
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Add salt, lemon juice, olive oil and coriander to your taste.

  22 comments for “Kachumbali

  1. monica
    August 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    hapo ukiweka na french beans zilizochemwa na kuwekwa chumvi kwa mbali inakuwa poa sana

  2. Caroline
    June 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    My mama taught me to soak the red onions in salt water to soften them before adding them in with the rest of the ingredients. Makes them salty, flavorful and takes away the sting from really strong onions. &the key is THIN SLICES.

  3. Alice
    December 23, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Was running short of ideas on what to cook on December 25th. Am glad I came across your video. Mbona umeniokoa dada, be blessed and Happy Holidays!

  4. Fransiska
    November 19, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    I loved this as a kid! Now I can make it in college…even on that college budget! lol :) Never knew the secret ingredient was cilantro, asante sana aisee! Yani ni tamu mno!

    • Fransiska
      November 19, 2011 at 4:00 AM

      alafu inapendeza pia na pilipili hoho kwa mtu anayotaka kuijaribu!

      • November 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM


        Thanks for extra input. It does taste good with many things that I did not add here. You can add carrots, beans, cucumbers etc. As we are traveling abroad, now we can add the foreign taste and add mushrooms etc.

  5. jovitha
    October 25, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    iyo kachumbari ni poa sana cjapata kuionja ila inaonekana ni tamu sana congratulation

    • October 26, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      Asante sana Jovitha

  6. Bupe
    June 9, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    Asante dada Miriam kwa mapishi yako mazuri.
    Ninauza mboga za majani zilizokaushwa,,kwa yeyote anaehitaji pls contact me on my email bupe257@gmail.com

  7. jija
    September 17, 2010 at 6:11 AM


  8. September 12, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    olive oil is a great additive on foods since it has low saturated fat;,:

  9. July 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Olive oil is very tasty and it has very low saturated fats.~,”

  10. June 17, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Olive oil is very tasty and has some nutty taste too.,”`

  11. June 9, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    Jamani Mary, pls tell me what oriander/cilantro is maana wengine lugha inatugonga kidogo. lol

    • Carol
      June 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      Corriander/Cilantro ni Dhania dada.

  12. November 3, 2009 at 4:18 AM

    this is really tamu. not for kids pekeyao. you might mistake it for main dish instead of side dish. i sometimes eat it yenyewe.but i prefer it with more onions and small amount of kabechi. ha! ha! ha!

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