The Best Mukimo Using Split Peas

The Best Mukimo Using Split Peas

One of my favorite Kenyan meal is mukimo. Growing up my mum made mukimo from maize, peas, potatoes  and salt. Since peas are normally expensive people substitute them with pumpkin leaves or kahurura in Kikuyu. I’ve always thought that the typical mukimo is loaded with lots of carbohydrate that we don’t really need to be eating much of. I’ve therefore found an easier and more healthier way of cooking the best mukimo using split peas. This recipe comprises of potatoes, spinach, split peas from Pure mountain and salt. I’ve also elevated it by frying onions and oil and mashing everything together in one pot.

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Best mukimo with split peas

Main Ingredients for the Mukimo

Best mukimo with split peas

Steps in Cooking The Best Mukimo Using Split Peas

  1. Start by frying onions with some Pure Mountain Canola Oilfry onions
  2. Add the green onions. these will give the mukimo some flavor and also contribute to the green color 
  3. Add chopped spinach. To add more green to the mukimo. Let the spinach cook for about 3 minute and wilt.
  4. Add boiled potatoes and Pure Mountain Split peas. Potatoes are what give the mukimo some body and also what binds everything together. The split peas are similar to green peas but the difference is how they’re processed. They’re dried, peeled and split and also white in color. Since they’re split, they do not require any pre-soaking and hence cook faster.
  5. Using a masher, start mashing the potatoes and split peas with the cooked spinach. Mash until everything starts coming together and forms a uniform mixture.
  6. The mukimo is ready when everything is well combined and the potatoes are broken down.
  7. Serve mukimo with some meat stew.                                                              best mukimo with split peas

If you enjoy this mukimo recipe you’ll also love this other dry bean recipe with lupin beans. Also check out my Instagram stories for the recipe process.

best mukimo with split peas

The Best Mukimo Using Split Peas

Miss Kabaki
This recipe uses split peas to make mukimo. It's the easiest and less time consuming way of making mukimo.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine African
Servings 4 people


  • 4 cups Pure Mountain Split Peas
  • 2 tbsp Pure Mountain Canola Oil
  • 1 Finely chopped onion
  • Handful of finely chopped green onions
  • 5 cups Chopped spinach
  • 5 Large potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Salt


  • Start by boiling the split peas. These do not require pre-soaking. Wash and rinse the split peas. Put them in a heavy duty pot and cover with cold water. Cook for 30 minutes until they soften.
  • Peel and wash the potatoes. Bring to a boil with enough salt. They should be almost mushy for easier pounding.
  • Start frying the onions in Pure Mountain Canola oil until they soften. Then add chopped green onions and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add chopped spinach and salt and cook for 8 minutes. The spinach will reduce in size significantly.
  • Add the boiled potatoes and split peas. Start mashing everything together while still cooking. Reduce heat to low and continue mashing until everything comes together. Adjust salt if needed.
  • Remove from heat and serve with beef stew.
Keyword mukimo, split peas, split peas mukimo


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