Saturday, September 30, 2023

How to Prepare Igisafuliya – Veritable Rwandan Recipe

Igisafuliya is a delicious Rwandan dish made from chicken, vegetables, and plantains, whose name in Kinyarwanda means “pot.”


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 2 leek (white and green part), thinly sliced
  • 4 green bell peppers, seeded and cut
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 5 stalks of celery, chopped (including leaves)
  • 4 plantain banana, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, then cut in half
  • 10 ounces of spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 hot pepper (optional)


  1. In a pot with hot oil, stir the chicken over medium heat to brown it.
  2. Add onion, leeks, and peppers. Stir and leave for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomatoes, celery, and tomato paste and mix well. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Cover with water, salt, pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Then take out 2 pieces of chicken, put plantain, garnish with spinach, and put the chicken back on top.
  6. If necessary, add water so that the bananas are completely submerged.
  7. Cover, add all the whole hot pepper and simmer on low heat for about 25 minutes. The liquid should not evaporate too much during cooking, as there must be a lot of sauce left.
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