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Eating Vegan in Uganda and Rwanda

When we travel we always pack a lot of nuts, dried fruit, and other protein-rich snacks (like wasabi peas and sesame sticks—bless you, Trader Joe!) Fortunately, Ugandan cuisine is rich in beans, rice, and root vegetables, and there is always fresh fruit available.
 

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Breakfast at the Mweya hostel-restaurant, Queen Liz National Park. (I’d already eaten the toast. That mango jam is DIVINE. Locally produced, too!)

 

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Passionfruit was my compulsive snack of choice. At one point I think I ate seven or eight in one go.

 

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All we could eat (and then some) at Ishasha, Queen Liz: cabbage, rice, beans and sweet potatoes.

 

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A simple, hearty vegetable curry with mashed potatoes for lunch at the Nshongi camp outside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

 

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When we landed in Kigali (the capital of Rwanda), someone recommended this Chipotle-style Mexican joint for dinner. Good veggie burrito and really tasty fried pita chips!

 

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Breakfast at our hostel in Kigali: good Rwandan coffee, toast and jam (not too healthy, I admit), and deluxe fruit salad. Our second morning there they had awesome homefries too.

 

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I admit it: not everything was delicious. At our guesthouse at Lake Kivu in Rwanda, my potatoes “dusted with secret herbs” turned out to be a total bill o’ goods!

 

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We went to an Indian restaurant in Kampala for dinner on our second-to-last night, and enjoyed fresh pineapple, passionfruit, and sugarcane juice.

 

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My south Indian Thali meal, minus the yogurt.

 

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…And rice sweets for dessert!

 

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For our last couple meals, we wanted some authentic Ugandan cuisine. Colin took us to a couple of his favorite restaurants, where we feasted on ground nuts (pureed into a savory sauce), rice and potatoes, matoke (plaintain), chapatti, salsa and avocado. Washed it down with “banana juice,” which I found tasty if too sweet.

 

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Local restaurant #2—a similar meal with the addition of steamed greens, which we really appreciated after so much starchy food.

 

5 Comments to Eating Vegan in Uganda and Rwanda

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    October 9, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    So much wonderful food! I love be surprised by a country’s food.

  2. October 10, 2013 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    As you say starchy, but this looks like real comfort food! Thanks for sharing.

  3. October 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    WOW…everything looks so yummy! I love see the variety…and the passionfruit! xxoo

  4. teen veg :)'s Gravatar teen veg :)
    March 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this! I’m a teenage vegan who REALLY wants to travel to places like Africa, and I can show my mom that yes, I actually will be able to eat! Looks yummy, too, especially all the fruit 🙂

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