Cuisine of Somalia
Cuisine of Somalia

Somalia Cuisine

Somali cuisine varies from region to region and is a fusion of different Somali culinary traditions, with some East African, Arab, Turkish, Indian and Italian influences. It is the product of Somalia’s tradition of trade and commerce. Some notable Somali delicacies include sabayad, lahoh/canjeelo, xalwo, sambuusa, Bariis iskukaris, and Muqmaad.

MOST IMPORTANT DISHES OF SOMALIA CUISINE

Sambusa Somalia Cuisine
Sambusa Somalia Cuisine

1Sambusa

A spicy potato is a fried or baked pastry with a salty filling such as onions, peas, meat or lentils. Depending on the region, it can take different forms including triangular, cone or half moon shapes.

Bariis Ishkukaris Somalia Cuisine
Bariis Ishkukaris Somalia Cuisine

2Bariis Ishkukaris

Called Bariis, Bariis Iskukaris is a traditional rice dish from Somali cuisine.

Malawah Somalia Cuisine
Malawah Somalia Cuisine

3Malawah

Malawach resembles a thick pancake, but it consists of thin layers of puff pastry brushed with oil or fat and cooked flat in a frying pan.

Anjero Somalia Cuisine
Anjero Somalia Cuisine

4Anjero

These sourdough pancakes are made daily in most Somali kitchens.  They are light, spongy, chewy and taste a bit like crumpets.

Halwa Somalia Cuisine
Halwa Somalia Cuisine

5Halwa

Xalwad, Halwo or Halwa is a popular sweet, it is made of sugar, cornstarch, oil and for the spices nutmeg and cardamom are used.

Sabaayad Somalia Cuisine
Sabaayad Somalia Cuisine

6Sabaayad

Sabayat, also known as Kimis, is a type of pancake eaten in Somalia and Djibouti.