Eating in Zanzibar | Traveler by Unique

Zanzibar is worldwide famous for its spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper and also the cloves. This is the reason why it is also called as “the spice island” by the locals! Zanzibar victuals always have the mixtures of spices, fruits, and vegetables which soothing the taste of the tourist. Stone town is the major city where visitors have the opportunity of finding mostly traditional food and local tastes.

If you are planning your visit to Zanzibar then do not miss trying their top dishes that will make you learn better the culture and enter deeper at the daily life of local people.

Mishkaki- Mishkaki - Zanzibar
  • Mishkaki - Mishkaki is the traditional dish of Zanzibar, which is the marinated meat with lots of sauce and spices which can be grilled to bring out the best from it. Mishkaki is the combination of both Indian and middle eastern style of kabab.
  • Mandazi - the sweet deep-fried ball of dough with a sprinkle of cardamom! Try that with a hot and sweet cup of tea.
  • Biryani - also known as biriyani, biriani, birani or briyani, is a mixed rice dish flavored with exotic spices, such as saffron and layered with lamb, chicken, fish, or vegetables.
Mayai - Zanzibar
  • Mayai chips - An East African style French fries which are sotte with some eggs, and it's known as French fries omelet in which some fresh potato fingers get deep-fried and then tossed with egg in a circular motion.
Urojo - Zanzibar
  • Urojo - Another dish which is offered by the small food vendors in Zanzibar are Urojo, It’s a unique creation which is like the bhajias and other crispy fritters and then they can be mixed in some curry gravy, it is also known as the Zanzibar junk food.
zanzibar pizza
  • Zanzibar Pizza - Who doesn't love pizza? But pizza made in Zanzibar is a little different as used to know it! It is a mixture of dough with onions, pepper, egg and some fresh cow cheese.
  • Durian - this fruit will inspire your taste due to its smell and its flavor! Named in some regions as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odor, and thorn-covered rind.
Pilau Rice - Zanzibar
  • Pilau Rice - In this cuisine rice is cooked along with the meat and fresh vegetables and spices of Zanzibar which makes it little Drier as compared to the biryani but it enhances the spicy flavoured of it. Every tourist in Zanzibar should at least try this once.

Upon you try these traditional dishes mentioned above, you will experience better the Persian touch in Zanzibar’s cuisine! Zanzibar Island is a combination of both traditional and modern cuisine which not only soothing the taste bud of tourist but left them with the mesmerizing taste!


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