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Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in NonVeg | 3 comments

Kuku Paka

Kuku Paka

Its fun name to say,isn’t it? Reminds me of Lion King’s song ‘Hakuna Matata”.Its African 🙂

I have noticed something interesting researching African cuisine.It sounds all too familiar.It has immense Indian influence.May be that’s why i am so drawn to it.Usage of curry is very common there.So is Ghee.Coastal African region use tropical fruits and fish heavily in cooking,just like Indian coastal region do.

Coconut trees in coastal India

Coconut trees in coastal India(Photo:Rita S.)

Coconut is very popular in South Indian cuisine,particularly the coastal Kerala,Tamilnadu, Andhra region.I however didn’t grew up with coconut in North.May be thats why,cooking with coconut does not come to me naturally.I am not very fond of coconut smell in savory dishes.Same goes with my husband too.So i was taking big chance with this dish.I used the coconut milk,just enough that we can eat it without smelling it.

“Kuku” means chicken in Swahili.“Paka” i am not sure.What i can tell though this is chicken curry cooked in coconut milk.Kenyan Coconut Chicken Curry.It is cooked in Ghee as well as oil.I have noticed the addition of potatoes to the dish too.I didn’t use the potatoes though my son would have appreciated that starchy tuberous addition to the protein 🙂

Dish did have subtle coconut smell to it and you will notice it if you are looking for it,like i did.My husband and kids didn’t had any problem eating it.So even if i have cooked this chicken with similar set of spices before without coconut milk,it is kind of fun to eat it under new name and think about  people in Kenya and those living in coastal India.Such a fusion of culture which i love !

Kuku Paka|

Kuku Paka|

Kuku Paka


  1. 2 Lb Boneless Chicken thighs and breast,cut in pieces
  2. 1 Onion
  3. 1 tsp grated Ginger
  4. 3 cloves of Garlic crushed
  5. 2 Tablespoons Oil
  6. 1 Tablespoon Curry powder
  7. Caynne pepper(Hot chili) to taste
  8. 1/2 can(15 Oz) diced tomatoes
  9. 1 cup Coconut milk
  10. Salt and pepper -- to taste


  1. In a pan,add oil.
  2. Saute Onion and garlic until translucent.
  3. Add chicken to it and let it brown a bit.
  4. Add curry powder, cayenne pepper.
  5. Season it with salt.Stir it well.
  6. Add tomatoes.Stir.
  7. Add coconut milk.Let it simmer for 20-30 mins,until chicken is cooked.
  8. Serve it with rice/Naan/Chapati.


  1. sounds interesting,the name and looks yummy,the dish..maybe shall try it , though i too cannot stand coconut in my food

  2. and though we dont know the african meaning of ‘paka’, we’ll go with the hindi meaning -to cook !! cook the chicken 😉

  3. You are so very right about “Paka”..This dish is heavily Indian.

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