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Githeri (Gĩtheri) also called Muthere, or Mutheri, is a Kenyan traditional meal of maize and any type of beans mixed and boiled together . The maize and beans are mixed together in a sufuria or pot, water is then added and the mixture boiled until the food is cooked and ready to eat. It was and still is the staple food of the Gikuyu, Meru and also Embu people dish in the Central Province, Kenya, but it is also eaten in other parts of the country.The beans and maize can either be fresh or dry. Most people prefer the fresh ingredients because of the taste. It is easy to access because maize and beans are readily available in these areas since they are mostly gotten from the farm. Githeri is eaten as a maize and bean mixture (mũrũgarũgio or one-by-one ). It can also be made into a stew with the addition of greens, meat and potatoes which increases its nutritional value. Githeri is can also used to make mukimo after the addition of potatoes, bananas, greens and mashing up the mixture. Lately there has been an upsurge in the consumption of githeri due to the health benefits associated with the dish. Secondary schools are also credited with the popularization of this dish because it the main meal served to the students since the 1920s. Eating githeri has also become trendy with young people. Most hotels in Kenya also serve githeri.

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Terms associated with githeri (mostly in Gikuyu language)[edit]

murugarugio - Githeri put in a plate direct from the pot, nothing added only salt. murugarugio comes from the Kikuyu meaning moving up and down. once the salt is put the plate is shaken up and down.

Gikangu - (pronounced gy-kah-ngoh)- Cold githeri with more maize than beans. traditionally was cooked in poor households and served to school going children.

Kagoto - Ballast in English; this is a slang name for githeri used by secondary school students in Central Province.

Mbegu - Seeds; the githeri is described as seeds because it contains whole maize and beans.

Mukimo - Githeri mixed with potatoes, greens and bananas, then mashed together.

mutheri - Another name for githeri.

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