Ugandan Snacks that travellers shouldn't miss

At all hours of the day and night, you can find vendors hawking a wide variety of Ugandan delicacies at intersections, bus stops, on buses, and on street corners. and, naturally, a plentiful supply of tourists willing to buy them.

Nov 14, 2022 - 22:38
Ugandan Snacks that travellers shouldn't miss

Ugandan cuisine is a mix of traditional and modern ways of making food, ingredients, and meals. It has been influenced by English, Arab, and Asian (especially Indian) cultures.

Snacks are an irresistible treat that we just can't give up. Uganda, sometimes called "the Pearl of Africa," benefits from an abundance of these prized edibles.

At all hours of the day and night, you can find vendors hawking a wide variety of Ugandan delicacies at intersections, bus stops, on buses, and on street corners. and, naturally, a plentiful supply of tourists willing to buy them.


Try these traditional Ugandan delicacies that you won't find in any travel guide to Africa.


Famous Ugandan Snacks


1. Muchomo 

Meats like goat, beef, and lamb are all acceptable alternatives to pig when ordering from a street vendor in Uganda. Pork Muchomo is, however, available at select watering holes and eateries.

When you stop at a bus station in a rural part of Uganda, be careful when you open your window. Your eye could be the next victim of one of the many Ugandan treats that are trying to get into your car.


2. Roasted groundnuts (peanuts)

Roasted gnuts

Many Ugandans, especially men, see roasted groundnuts as a delicacy worth travelling for. They are protein-packed and perfect for morning coffee, evening tea, or any other meal of the day.


3. Roasted Maize (Kasooli)

Roasted maize

As a street food option, this can be roasted (by charcoal broiling) or boiled, and it's widely accessible.

4. Samosa (sumbusa)

"—Indian samosas are highly assimilated into the local cuisine, as are chapati and curry"

Both restaurants and vendors on the street sell them. There are two kinds of samosas: those filled with meat (often minced beef) and those filled with vegetables (peas, rice, or Irish potatoes).


5. Pancake (Kabalagala)

Pankakes or Kabalagala

Similarly to how pancakes are frequently known as "Kabalagala," "Kabalagala" is the name given to a sweet pancake sold at roadside stands. It's worth emphasising, though, that they taste nothing like traditional English pancakes. Kabalagala is a dish made from a combination of cassava flour and little sweet bananas, known as ndizi in the area. Once everything is combined, the dough is flattened out, cut to size, and cooked.


6. Fried Cassava (Muwogo omusiike)

Fried cassava

This is a popular treat among students and teachers alike in Uganda. Fried cassava is filling and inexpensive, and one needs only a few sticks to feel completely satisfied.


7. Sim-sim balls

Sim sim balls

Candy balls made from sim-sim and melted sugar are a common treat sold by vendors on the side of the road. After the sim sim has been roasted, the molten sugar is poured over it, the two are combined, and the mixture is shaped into balls before being set aside to cool.


8. Nsenene, a delicious seasonal locust.

fried Nsenene or grasshoppers

This delicious food is only available during the wet season, and more specifically, in the month of November. Beetles have their wings and legs clipped before being fried in their own natural oils.


9. Nswaa

Nsenene or white ants

Seasonal nswaa meal prepared in the nsenene style.

In English, we often refer to ants as "white ants." It's possible to eat these uncooked or cook them in a frying pan after the wings have been removed.


10. Roasted Plantain (Gonja)

roasted Gonja

Throughout the year, people munch on this sweet plantain.

Plantains (also called boli in Nigeria) are sweet like bananas when ripe but have the starchiness of potatoes. And when grilled, the combination of sweet and savoury flavours will have you wanting more and more.

There is a packaged version sold as a snack under the name "gonja chips" at most supermarkets.


11. Rolex

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Rolex!

"a chapati filled with eggs, onions, cabbage or kale, and tomatoes, though minced meat is sometimes added"

In Uganda, a popular dish called "Rolex" is made of an egg omelette and vegetables wrapped in a chapati. This single-portion dish is quick to prepare and can be eaten at any time of the day, from breakfast to a lunch or supper meal or snack. The name “rolex” comes from its method of preparation, with the chapati and the omelette rolled together (“rolled eggs”).


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