Githeri is a popular staple delicacy in Kenya. The mixture of boiled maize and beans is stuck in almost every Kenyan childhood memories.
A Kenyan man on facebook shared a post about how he cannot eat Githeri because of how he grew up eating it. The man who calls himself Peter Maina, wrote a long thread of which a part says:
I’ve never bought Githeri in a hotel. Like never. It actually don’t matter how sweet the ‘murram’ is said to be in a certain kibandaski even if that kibandaski is near Kempiski. Even if they told me the Githeri was boiled using the same tears that were shed by Lot when his wife was turned into one big granule of Sodium Chloride. Even if the fire used to boil it is the same one Elijah used to burn his sacrifice against Baal’s people. I still won’t eat if they told me the maize was sat on by Huddah Monrovia before boiling.
Kenya’s authentic dish with Kikuyu roots, Githeri takes 70 minutes to cook. Maina narrated of how he was used to eating it while growing up in a Kikuyu home, where a large Sufuria was used to boil, to cater for the whole family. Maina added of how he had to experience eating Githeri for more than 16 years including the four years in high school.