Irio Recipe: Taste the Authentic Kenyan Mashed Potato Delight

Dish recipes: Irio
Photo from

Delve into the heart of Kenyan cuisine with Irio, a classic dish that blends mashed potatoes with peas, corn, and spinach for a flavorful and nutritious experience. This beloved recipe showcases the simplicity and versatility of traditional Kenyan cooking.


2 lbs (0.9 kg) potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 cup of peas, fresh or frozen

1 cup of corn kernels, fresh or frozen

1 cup of spinach, chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons of butter

Salt and pepper to taste


Boil the chopped potatoes in salted water until tender, then drain and mash them until smooth. In a separate pot, blanch the peas, corn kernels, and chopped spinach in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then drain. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat and sauté the finely chopped onion until translucent. Add the mashed potatoes, peas, corn, and spinach to the skillet, stirring well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.


Irio is traditionally served hot as a main dish or side, alongside grilled meat or fish. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for added freshness and flavor. Pair it with a tangy tomato salsa for a delightful contrast of flavors.

Irio embodies the essence of Kenyan comfort food, offering a hearty and satisfying meal that is both wholesome and delicious. With its simple ingredients and rich flavors, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your home kitchen.