Mujje Tulye from Uganda/A special dish of the Busoga tribe: sweet potatoes with groundnut sauce

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Busoga[edit | edit source]

Map of Busoga, showing some of its districts

Busoga is a traditional Bantu kingdom and one of four constitutional monarchies in present-day Uganda.

The kingdom is a cultural institution which promotes popular participation and unity among the people of the region through development programs to improve their standard of living. Busoga strives for a united people who have economic, social and cultural prosperity and assists the Kyabazinga. Isebantu Kyabazinga or Kyabazinga of Busoga is the title given to the ruler. Isebantu means "father of the people." This name was a symbol of unity derived from the expression and recognition by the people of Busoga that their leader was the "father of all people who brings all of them together", and who also serves as their cultural leader. The Kyabazingaship in Busoga is an elected post. The Kyabazinga is chosen from just five of the eleven Busoga royal traditional chiefs. Only these five may elect the next Kyabazinga, who is from their own ranks. The Kyabazinga holds the title for a certain period of time before a new title holder in chosen by the chiefs.

Busoga means "Land of the Soga", and is the kingdom of the 11 principalities of the Basoga or Soga (singular Musoga) people. Its capital is Bugembe, near Jinja (Uganda's second-largest city, after Kampala). Busoga comprises eight districts: Kamuli, Iganga, Bugiri, Mayuge, Jinja, Luuka and the new districts of Kaliro and Busiki. Each district is headed by an elected chairperson or a Local Council Five, and municipalities are headed by an elected mayor. Jinja is the industrial and economic hub of Busoga. Busoga is bordered on the north by shallow Lake Kyoga (separating it from Lango), on the west by the Victoria Nile (separating it from Buganda), on the south by Lake Victoria (separating it from Tanzania and Kenya) and on the east by the Mpologoma River (separating it from smaller tribal groups such as the Adhola, Bugwere and Bugisu). It also includes several islands in Lake Victoria, such as Buvuma Island.


Steamed Sweet potatoes[edit | edit source]

Transportation of sweet potatoes

Uganda is one of the countries where sweet potatoes are a staple of human consumption, led by Papua New Guinea at about 500 kg per person per year, the Solomon Islands at 160 kg, Burundi and Rwanda at 130 kg and Uganda at 100 kg. Steaming food is a popular way of cooking food in Busoga. One of the most popular dish among the basoga is sweet potatoes they can be steamed, roasted or boiled.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Sweet potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Banana Leaves
  • Water
  • Banana Stems

Preparation process[edit | edit source]

  • Peel, cut and wash the sweet potatoes.
  • Place banana stems into a pan and pour water over them
  • Place banana leaf over the stems covered in water.
  • Wrap the sweet potatoes into the banana leaves and cover with another banana leaf over the pan
  • Finally let it steam for over 30 minutes.

Groundnuts[edit | edit source]

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and groundnuts
  • peanuts
  • water
  • diced tomato
  • diced onion
  • salt

Preparation process[edit | edit source]

Preparing groundnut paste
Greens in groundnut paste
Ebinyebwa ebitokose (boiled ground nut paste)
  • Pound peanuts in a motor to form a paste or buy ready made groundnut paste
  • Chop tomatoes and onions
  • Put the tomatoes and onions into a pan, add some water and bring to a boil.
  • Mix peanut paste with some cold water and form a more fluid paste.
  • Add this mixture to the boiling water and let it simmer while stirring continuously until it becomes a thick