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7 cheap and healthy meals for lunch in Nairobi city centre

1. Chapati and madondo (beans)

This is a favourite for most Nairobians on the go.  It is available on almost all eateries and is relatively affordable, with prices ranging from Sh 80 to Sh 150

Chapati qualifies to be named Nairobi's favourite street food.
Chapati qualifies to be named Nairobi’s favourite street food.

 

2. Ugali and Matumbo (tripe)

The starch packed in a plate of Ugali and matumbo is a good energy booster to hungry office workers who have been drained by the morning hustle.  Careful though with the portions, this meal has a reputation for inducing siesta. Prices range from Sh 100 to Sh 200.

Ugali and matumbo is a good mix of carbohydrates and proteins.
Ugali and matumbo is a good mix of carbohydrates and proteins.

 

3. Githeri Special

For those keen on watching their weight, grains are a good choice for lunch. This meal is pocket friendly and ranges between Sh 80 to Sh 150.

Typical Nairobians like to mix their Githeri with a bit of avocado. The taste is yummy.
Nairobi restaurants like to mix their Githeri with a bit of carrots or cucumber. The taste is yummy.

 

4. Matoke special

Though not as heavy as Ugali and Matumbo, Matoke is a good source of energy for the lunchtime crowd. It can be accompanied with a bit of beef soup or vegetables. A plate costs between Sh 150 and Sh 200.

Matoke can be combined by another starch like rice in a buffet.
Matoke can be combined by another starch like rice in a buffet.

 

5. Pilau special

This is a light meal favoured mostly by those not too keen to fill up. It can be accompanied by a glass of of juice or yogurt. A plate costs between Sh 150 to Sh 200.

Pilau is a wonderful meal for those who want to eat a light meal.
Pilau is a wonderful meal for those who want to eat a light meal.

 

6. Ugali and fish

A plate of tilapia and ugali, though deemed to be a bit pricey, is a nice way to diversify a diet. Prices range between Sh 150 and Sh 250.

Bon appetite!
Bon appetite!

 

7. Ugali and beef

This is arguably Nairobi’s favourite lunchtime meal. Most eateries in the city centre charge between Sh 150 and Sh 250 a plate.

The beef can either be stewed or fried.
The beef can either be stewed or fried.