Its been a week since the TRENDING Mukimo story (READ HERE) hit the net and later the airwaves thanks to Larry Madowo’s TV show the TREND on NTV.
The author of the Mukimo story happened to be a regular a Kisii- Jamaa, so culturally he should be a proud, arrogant and feel special dude and since the Gusii have similar traits like the Kikuyu and therefore a political attack on the Kikuyu tribe was NOT on the table…. so the focus was purely on the so called ‘bad food’- Mukimo and the cooking culture of the Gikuyu people….
The piece as it were went viral and may have reached 0.5million Kenyans, this may have made it a necessity for the two great online Gikuyu sons to defend or at least offer what they think of Mukimo, sample the two posts of Mukurima Muriuki and Dennis Itumbi below. You can also follow the debate to their respective walls for much more debate on the same…
Mukurima X Muriuki
The Agikuyu Have no Delicacy Called Mukimo
The online Kikuyu dictionary describes “Mukimo” as anything mashed. It is derived from the verb “Gukima” which means to mash. For a long time, other communities have used the Kikuyu word “mukimo” to refer to any mashed food. Important to note is that what others call “Ugali” within the Kikuyu, is called “Ngima” which is within the definition of mashing.
Mukimo is a delicacy known to other communities but not the Kikuyu. It is what other communities have come up with in trying to steal the recipe of a very popular and healthy delicacy found within the Kikuyu community, but failed miserably.
The true Kikuyu meal that others may attempt to qualify as Mukimo, is called Mataha or Irio. Unlike what other communities do while preparing the food they call mukimo, no effort is spared while preparing Mataha. No weeds are used in the process but vegetables like Masekondari, Karimi ga thia, Togotia, Magacia, Marenge among others are used to enrich the food.
Mataha is a healthy meal. Other communities must move away from the fake mukimo and politely ask the Kikuyu how to prepare mataha. As Dr. King would ask, “Should society blame the rich man because of his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? No Silas Gisiora Nyanchwani, the answer is that society must blame the robber and not the robbed
You wrote a brilliant piece.However, you must put the blame on those who have tried to steal the mataha delicacy from the Kikuyu, have failed and ended up with mukimo.
Sincerely I do no like Mukimo too, that fact does not make it a bad food. I simply do not like it. Just like I do not touch those modern sauces they dress salads with; matoke; Mulenda, Fried fish;pumpkin and cassava – But those are great Kenyan dishes and their cooking is something to watch and allows tens of style in creative cooking.
A few days ago I came here and aplealed for the return of blogs and so far so good, but whereas controversial sells, researched comtent as opposed to dismissing foods as representative of culinary skills of an entire community is to seriously miss the pointof an otherwise great blog
That said I agree with my friend Mukurima X Muriuki that the Kirinyaga and Embu people have a variation of Mukimo called Ngunja Matu…haha Gosh that took me way back!