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ISA's International Food Festival Offers Students Samples from Different Cultural Cuisines

The International Food Festival, hosted by the International Student Association (ISA), gave LCU students a chance to taste samples of cultural foods from various countries around the globe. Twelve countries were represented at the festival, including Kenya, Czech Republic, England, and more.

Junior Grace Matei, a biology major with a minor in criminal justice, prepared a recipe for fried chicken masala from her home in Mwingi, Kenya. Matei chose masala because it is a popular Kenyan meal that her mother and grandmother often prepared while she was young.

“This recipe is a combination of spices from Kenya,” Matei explained. “It embodies Kenya, and I wanted to represent that in my dish.”

Matei shared her masala recipe so that anyone could make this popular Kenyan plate at home.

Fried Chicken Masala Recipe


  • Chicken breast
  • Clove garlic
  • Masala seasoning (Pilau Masala brand can be bought in store)
  • Green bell peppers (to taste)
  • Red bell peppers (to taste)
  • Cilantro (to taste)
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Ketchup


  •  Cut chicken breast into cubed pieces
  •  Place chicken, cilantro, green peppers, red peppers, garlic, and masala seasoning to a pot of boiling water, adding enough to preference or to flavor the chicken.”
  • Boil until the chicken is almost fully cooked
  • Drain the broth into a container and refrigerate
  • Place chicken and peppers in a container and refrigerate for 12 hours to 24 hours
  • After refrigeration is complete, fry chicken in olive oil
  • Bring broth to a boil in a separate pot
  • Add several tablespoons of ketchup to the broth to thicken it into a sauce then add additional masala seasoning to adjust taste
  • Mix fried chicken with the sauce, top with fresh cilantro, and mix thoroughly
  • Serve fried chicken masala

LCU’s ISA welcomes any students from outside the United States, as well as any students who are interested in exploring other cultures. Other events they’ve hosted this year include a Lantern Festival and a Chinese New Year Celebration.