Chicken luwombo

 Uganda’s culinary offerings are as numerous as her tribes. They often include tropical fruits, grains, vegetables and root plants, though poultry, fresh and dried fish, and meats are also popular.

LUWOMBO meal is a Ugandan delicacy famous in the central mostly eaten as a special meal on special days and it is basically sauce cooked in banana leaves.

The banana leaves are specially prepared over heat with low smoke to make the leaves aromatic and soft enough to contain the food. It is actually a method of preparing stews by steaming.The ingredients are fastened with banana fiber. The way the Baganda prepare food is that one saucepan can prepare both the stew and what will accompany it. Whatever will accompany the stew for instance matooke is placed in the pan and oluwombo on top of it. You can also cook it separately. Ugandans are passionate about their food. The more elaborate it takes to prepare the more special it is to them. Amuganda will not think twice about spending hours waiting for their luwombo to get ready. Luwombo has different types which include: chicken luwombo, smoked meat luwombo, mushrooms in ground nuts paste luwombo, smoked meat in ground nuts paste luwombo and dry fish in ground nuts paste luwombo.

1. Chicken luwombo recipe


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 Irish potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup of water
  • Spices of your choice (1 chicken stock cube, 1 teaspoon Chicken curry masala, 1 teaspoon gram masala, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional and used only if the chicken is lean)
  • Luwombo leaves (You can get these readily prepared)
  • Kitchen thread or a banana fibre


  • You can decide to prepare this meal as a whole chicken or the chicken cut into pieces. Smoke your chicken over charcoal until it is golden brown. You can also use the grill or BBQ stove for this purpose. Add the chicken whole or pieces in the luwombo leaf that is positioned in a large enough bowel.
  • Finely chop the onions, tomatoes, carrot, cilantro into the chicken.
  • Peel and dice the potatoes into the chicken.
  • Add the salt and spices to the water, mix well and pour into the chicken
  • Add olive oil if the chicken is lean and not fatty.
  • Wrap up the banana leaf and tie it up with Situs Slot Gacor Hari Ini thread or the banana fibre.
  • To cook you can further wrap your luwombo with normal banana leaves in a saucepan cushioned with a banana stem at the bottom and cover to prevent loss of steam as much as possible. After around 2-3hours, the meal is ready for serving.

food classes are available at kasubi tombs during city tours and luwombo is served at some restaurants in the city.

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