Most 8-12 months-olds aspiration of a vocation piloting rocket ships or caring for animals. Not Riziki Yussuf. Expanding up in Zanzibar, proudly owning a restaurant was her 1 and only ambition. “When I was a child, I just required a cafe,” she claims. “I loved cooking, beloved folks, loved entertaining. I just discover satisfaction that way.”
But it was her individual small children (supplying up piggy lender personal savings as money) who gave her the closing push to open up Riziki Swahili Grill, the city’s only cafe serving food encouraged by the street food of the spice islands off Tanzania, in early 2018.
Like me, you’ll most likely want to ship her young children a thank-you observe. Particularly after having fun with a food of fragrant rice and curries, coconut-laden sides and smoky, yogurt-marinated kebabs (quite a few out there as a meal or side) in the very small Northland restaurant with citrus yellow and ocean blue walls.
“Very flavorful” is how Yussuf describes her food items, but that does not do it justice. Dishes are so fragrant they nearly float on air. Basmati rice in the chicken pilau ($12.99) is heady with cinnamon and cardamom. And the rooster is succulent with tomato, ginger and a long, lingering cumin complete. Even a dish as seemingly humble as the zege platter ($12.99)—a pancake-size egg omelet stuffed with french fries—springs to lifetime with a topping of kachumbari, a refreshing fast-pickled cabbage.
The star of the ugali meal ($12.99) is its namesake, a mound of savory and hearty masa porridge that soaks up anything in its wake like a sponge. I recommend pairing it with the garlic-and-ginger hearty beef curry and beautifully bitter and bright sukuma wiki (braised kale) with tomatoes and onions.
It’s worthy of building a particular trip right here on Sundays for the Sunday Enjoyable Working day ($12.99). A lot more normally recognised as Zanzibar mix or urojo soup, this feeds-two giving is centered on a avenue seller beloved of floury potato soup and toppings. Riziki’s model is turmeric-scented, lemony, somewhat bitter with tamarind and silky easy. It’s the best provider for garnishes meant to be tossed in at will—katlesi bhajia (potato dumplings I could eat like popcorn), flaky and herbaceous sambusa (also out there as an appetizer, $2.50), crispy potato shavings, tender beef kebabs (mishkaki) and very clear-your-sinuses hot sauce.
If there is a single non-negotiable order, it’s the chapati platter ($12.99). Yussuf spends several hours each individual working day operating and shaping the chapati dough. And the exertion shines: Her flatbread is flaky, leopard-spotted and decadent from a frying in ghee. Use it to scoop up crimson-sizzling rooster curry (with an undercurrent of cardamom) and creamy, coconut milk-stewed pinto beans.
Yussuf’s pro tip: Buy further chapati ($2.25 as a aspect) and love at house with a minor honey and sugar.
Riziki Swahili Grill
1872 Tamarack Circle S, North Side, 614-547-7440