Local and international cuisine. Nutritional advice on healthy eating | new times

Welcome to Rwanda, when you visit the country for the first time, it is easy to get lost in its beauty, cleanliness, and warm reception. However, it is advisable to find the time and try our various local foods. Rwanda is blessed with a variety of local delicacies, and over time has adapted to other East African dishes. Food is rooted in the Rwandan culture.

Most restaurants serve a buffet during lunchtime and it consists mainly of carbohydrates such as potatoes, bananas, beans, rice, cassava, ground nut paste, and meat or chicken with sauce. Sometimes, the meal is accompanied by vegetables, fruits, salads and snacks. If you are lucky, you can taste “Isombe” as well.

Isombe is made of mashed cassava leaves mixed with some ground nut paste and served with meat or fish.

It’s rare that you won’t find potato chips (also called French fries) on the menu, because Rwandans love them. On a chilly evening while you’re relaxing with friends, ‘Eberai’ (Irish fried potatoes) is a must-do with brochette. This Irish is either peeled or not, as locals sometimes enjoy the peel, but it is washed clean nonetheless. First boil, then fry well until brown. It is usually cut into two pieces. Some people prefer to take it with beer, but it can be used with soda or tea as well.

Local food prepared in the early childhood development center is rich in nutrients. Experts advise including proteins, grains or carbohydrates and vegetables to balance the diet regardless of their nutritional needs.

Brochette or roast beef in Rwanda tastes delicious, the meat is grilled on skewers and grilled and this gives it a nice flavor and taste. It is usually served with french fries, boiled potatoes or roasted bananas.

Many hear people order “acapenzi,” which means fried or grilled pork. The name is derived from the Mercedes-Benz car, as its shape is known to resemble the shape of a pig.

“Agatogo” can mean a mixture of bananas, ground nut paste, meat, or with other cooking ingredients. When simmered to create some thick gravy, it tastes delicious and can be accompanied by rice or chapati.

Mizuzu (fried plantain) is another meal we enjoy here. It is easy to prepare, they are peeled and chopped, and then dipped in hot oil. You know it’s ready when it changes color to golden brown.
‘Ubugali’, made with cassava flour, is also an easy meal to prepare especially if you’re hungry and want something quick to go down your throat. You need to boil the water and once it is ready, use a wooden spoon to start quickly mixing the flour and water. Add a handful of flour and continue mixing the water and flour until a consistent dough forms.

It can be accompanied by vegetables such as sukuma wiki or fish curry, vegetable egg sauce, peanut soup, meat soup, etc.

All of the above foods can be found in most restaurants.

As for drinks, in most pubs you will find about five different types of beer, such as Turbo King, Primus, Mützig, Amstel and Skol, in large and small. For soda, there is Coca-Cola tonic, Fanta Orange, Fanta Citron, Fanta fiesta, Sprite and Krest.

Milk, both warm and cold, is what some locals choose. They can have it with cassava, sweet potatoes, or snacks like chapati and mandanzi.

global cuisine

We have a number of international restaurants serving delicious food, some of them are Indian restaurants like Khana Khazana. They prepare the best chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken, briyan rice, fish tikka and much more. It is located in Nyarutarama.

Zaaffran Restaurant also serves authentic, home-style Indian cooking with balanced flavors and contemporary presentation. The restaurant serves meat and seafood dishes, plus it offers vegetarian, gluten-free and halal options. Apart from the good tasty and spicy, customer care and atmosphere are the best.

Other best Indian restaurants to check out are; DineDivine Resto Restaurant, New Lahori Pakistani Restaurant (for both Indian and Asian Food), Ki Asili Resto and Fast Food Bar (Good for Indian and African Food), Delhi Darbar Kigali (Indian and Chinese) and many more.

For great Nigerian food, for example, Jollof Rice Chicken, Yasa chicken, assorted meats, and much more, JollofKigali is the best place to go.

The best delicious Chinese restaurants are; Bamboo Rooftop Restaurant, Century Park Chinese Restaurant, Pan China, Zuri Hotels & Resorts Ltd, and many more. Two things they have in common, mouth-watering food and a great ambiance.

healthy food

Although there are a variety of foods to choose from, it is essential to maintain your health. According to Soldier Kamanzi, Dietitian and Dietitian at Amazon Nutrition Cabine-Gasabo, your plate should be broken down into proteins, grains or carbs and vegetables because this allows you to balance the diet regardless of its nutritional needs, by feeding it only locally. food available.

Although you may have a craving for different types of foods and drinks, or a lack of appetite, he cautions against eating habits of too much or too little, noting that this can affect on nutrients. Intake for energy, proteins, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, fiber and fluids.

Kamanzi stresses that eating a balanced diet is essential every day and should include; Fresh fruits such as apples, pineapple, oranges, etc., fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and dodos, whole grains such as millet, oatmeal, brown rice, legumes such as beans and peas, lean proteins such as fish, beans, eggs, milk, beef and carbohydrates Like Irish potatoes and bananas.

When it comes to fast food, he says it should be avoided on many occasions because it lacks micronutrients and antioxidants and can cause cancer and high blood pressure in the long run.

Ntamanga states that fruit should be part of your meal plan, “You can eat fruit 30 minutes before or after eating and drink water at least 30 minutes after eating healthy.”

Kamanzi urges eating salads like tomatoes, onions and cucumbers every day after meals. For those who often enjoy mayonnaise in food or salad, it is advised to eat lemon afterwards.

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