So today we are going to be cooking omena or dagaa

You can remove the heads, since sometimes they have soil in them making them bitter once cooked.


Clean omena


Red onion

Bell pepper (Am using the Green ones)


Coriander (Dania)

Tomatoes and tomato paste

Cooking oil & salt

Royco and curry powder 1 teaspoon each

Clean your omena with hot water, preferably thrice to completely get rid of the soil. Stir a little bit to help with the cleaning. You will know the omena is clean when the water you are using to clean is translucent

After cleaning, remove them from the hot water and place them on a kitchen towel to drain the excess water

Add some oil onto your pan, having it on low heat in preparation for deep frying the omena a bit

Put the dry omena into the pan

Fry them for about 5 to 10 minutes until they start to harden and they have obtained a nice brown color, not burnt

Start frying your onions in a separate Sufuria, just using some little oil since you have already deep fried your omenas. Fry your onions until they are brown, then you can start adding the garlic, after the garlic is cooked add the pepper

Add your tomatoes and tomato paste

Cook them until they are soft and have released their juices

Add your spices, one tea spoon of royco and one tea spoon of curry powder. Feel free to use any spices you would like.

Add a pinch of salt to taste, like 1/2 teaspoon approximately

Now add your omena/dagaa, drain the excess oil so that it’s not so much oily

The secret lies in washing the omenas, you have to wash them like so very well. Give them a quick stir, remember they are already cooked

Yeah, already looking yummy, you will notice the aroma in the room 🙂 🙂

Finally add in your chopped coriander, giving it a quick stir

Just like that your omena is ready to serve, enjoy!

By Catherine Mungai

An Outgoing girl based in Nairobi, Kenya who loves life, writing and reading.

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