Food throughout Tanzania will invariably consist of coconut, curry, vegetables, eggs, fish, meat and poultry, rice, bananas and many other fresh fruits grown around the region.

Common Dishes

A major food staple of Tanzania is Ugali, a type of boiled cornmeal mush, served with almost every meal and is eaten with the three fingers of the right hand. Ugali is typically rolled into a ball and used as a dipping utensil.

A milky, sugary chai tea is served with meals and at every visit.

Customs around eating

Before a Tanzanian meal, hands are washed before and after with a towel that is passed around the setting. Tanzanians are very generous and hospitable to their guests, therefore, refusing to eat food or eating with the left hand is considered disrespectful and offensive to the hosts.