Roasted Maize, in Kenya and indeed in Africa, has become a popular snack and the business of roasting maize has equally become a vibrant and booming one. Virtually in every side of town you will go (except in the Nairobi city centre), you are likely to come across a vendor selling roasted maize.
Roasted maize is a cheap, easy to eat and filling snack that is just irresistible. In the streets, roasted maize goes for about KES 20.00 for a full piece but this may be slightly higher or lower depending on where you are (in more affluent areas, it tends to be higher and cheaper in local towns – especially those known to be maize growing areas. It is all about market segmentation and laws of supply and demand).
- Green mature maize.
- Salt, chilies, and lime for seasoning.
- Peel off the green leaves that cover the fresh maize and place on a wire mesh over a charcoal fire. This is the Kenyan way of roasting maize although you could place the maize in an oven.
- Roast until the maize attains an even golden brown colour.
- Apply a mixture of lime, salt and pepper for seasoning.