Ugali is a dish made of maize flour (cornmeal), millet flour, or Sorghum flour (sometimes mixed with cassava flour) cooked in boiling liquid (water or Milk) to a porridge- or dough-like consistency. It is the most common staple starch featured in the local cuisines of the African Great Lakes region and Southern Africa. When ugali is made from another starch, it is usually given a specific regional name.
You basically just dump a whole bag of white maize meal into a pot (sufaria) of water. It's that simple. Ugali is very good for those who need carbohydrates, but not great for those who are overweight, as it has one of the highest glycemic index ratings of any food in the world.
Yup! When I moved back to the States from Zambia, none of my clothes fit. Everyone was like, I thought people were starving in Africa, how did you get fat? And I was like, when all you eat is carbohydrates and oil and you aren't farming all day, it's going to happen. Sigh, and now I want some nsima/ugali. Preferably with a nice pumpkin leaves and groundnut cisyu to dip it in.
It's Food for People who are working. Except you become really tired after eating.
Why does unapikaje mean 'how do you cook'? Literally I think it means do you cook. Does adding 'je' sometimes mean why?
Adding "-je" adds "how". Read the "Tips & notes" section of this lesson for more info.
Ok, but when "je" occurs at the beginning of a sentence, can it simply signify a question is coming? "Je, unapika ugali?" Are you cooking ugali?
Yes. In the beginning of the sentence -> yes/no question. Appended to the verb -> how question.
so, adding -je to the end of a verb construct... Does that make it into a "how does one..." sort of question, or is this specifically asking "how do you?" Like, would the answer to this be instructions for cooking it, or something like "I cook it pretty well"?
So is it correct to assume that in Swahili, the 'you' can also be a general you, like in English, with the meaning of 'how does one cook ugali' rather than 'how do you specifically cook ugali'? I'm asking because, for example, in German, there's a specific word for that kind of you, 'man' as in 'wie kocht man Ugali' meaning 'how [in general] do you cook ugali'. I think I'm bad at expressing this. I guess what I'm asking is, in this example, would the question be understood as a general request for a general recipe or as asking how that one specific person does it?
Here's the answer: https://nairobikitchen.blogspot.com/2017/07/how-to-cook-perfect-ugali.html :-)