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Irio (Mashed potatoes, corn, and peas) – This medley of Potatoes, corn, and peas is very delicious, very filling and it’s perfect for a mid-week comfort food dinner.

Irio also known as African mashed Potatoes


Irio is a staple food in Kenya. The word Irio simply means food in the Kikuyu community of Kenya. It is a very simple but delicious side dish made with Potatoes, Corn, and Peas. This amazing dish is also referred to as African mashed Potatoes, Kenyan mashed Potatoes, or Mukimo.

I call this the glorified mashed potatoes because the peas and corn added to this recipe add a new dimension, and a little more color, to the good ol’ mashed potatoes.

Irio also known as African mashed Potatoes


I always like to use this particular recipe because all you need is a few ingredients – Potatoes, CornPeas, salt, and pepper, and water for boiling. It’s very straight forward and you need just one pot to get your lunch or dinner ready! This recipe yields a thicker chunky mass compared to the popular mashed potatoes but the end result is super amazing.

  • Potatoes
  •  Corn
  • Peas
  •  salt
  • pepper
  • water

Like I said earlier, it is an easy mashed potato recipe but it’s important to start with the right kind of potatoes.  A starchy potato like the Russet or Idaho potato is best for this recipe. However, Yukon gold will also work just as well.


  • Cut the potatoes in quarters and put them inside a large pot.
  • Add enough water (You don’t have to submerge the potatoes in the water), add the sweet peas and corn
  • Cover the pot, and cook until fork-tender, but firm, about 15-20 minutes. If you cook any longer, it might turn out mushy.
  • Once the potatoes become fork-tender, the water should be about dry at this point, however, if you still have lots of water remaining, it is best that you drain it and leave just a little behind so that the potatoes will be easy to mash.
  • Season with salt and black pepper then mash.  A potato masher or a wooden stirrer or a potato masher will do the work just fine. If you are cooking for one or two, then you can use a fork to mash it.


I used frozen peas and corn. However, you can use fresh peas and corn or the canned version. If you choose to use the canned version you might want to add it when the potato is almost cooked because the canned version has been cooked and you don’t want to get them mushy. 

Step by step directions on how to make irio - Keyan mashed potatoes

Potatoes have a great affinity with butter so I added some butter. Though this is optional but it does give the potato a deeper flavor. Irio can be served with grilled meat or grilled Fish and with sauteed cabbage for a vegetarian twist.I have tons of potato recipes; check 21 Easy And Delicious Potato Recipes.


As we all know, mashed potatoes, in general, is a recipe that is quite forgiving. Likewise, Irio is not an exception to this case. That is why there are many variations to this recipe in Kenya.

  • Some will like to boil the corn and sweet peas separately and add it to the potatoes after mashing it
  • Pumpkin leaves or spinach or watercress can also be added for a deeper color
  • The sweet peas can also be boiled separately and pureed before adding it to the mashed potatoes in order to achieve that bright green color in their Irio
  • In some cases, sauteed Onions are also added and so much more.
  • Sincerely, all the variations are good in my opinion, however, I like to keep my cooking as simple and of course delicious and this recipe has it all!
Irio also known as African mashed Potatoes

Other Potato Recipes you might want to try:


  • I am not a big fan of canned vegetables, however, if that is what you have, you can use it in place of the fresh or frozen peas and corn
  • Salting the potatoes at the end helps to prevent the potatoes from falling apart.
  • Although butter is optional, it gives the meal a richer depth of flavor that I really enjoy.
Irio also known as African mashed Potatoes

African Irio (Mashed potatoes, corn and peas)

This medley of Potatoes, corn, and peas is very delicious, very filling, and perfect for a mid-week comfort food dinner.
4.84 from 6 votes
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Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: African
Keyword: homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 2-1/2 pounds potatoes
  • 1-1/2  cups  green peas
  • 1-1/2 cups corn
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel the potatoes and cut each into evenly sized chunks – about an inch thick.
  • Put the potatoes, Peas, and corn in a large stockpot and add enough water so that the water line sits about 1 inch above the potatoes.
  • Leave to cook on medium-high for about 15 to 20 minutes or till the potatoes are tender.
  • Drain the excess water (if any) but leave about four tablespoons inside the pot for easy mashing.
  • Season with salt and black pepper, and mash with a wooden spoon or potato masher until all potatoes are nicely mashed.
  • Stir the butter into the mixture.
  • Serve hot with roasted lamb, beef, chicken, or fish.


  • Although butter is optional, it gives the meal a richer depth of flavor that I really enjoy.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 20.6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3.3mg

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Monday 7th of October 2019

Hello, I'm a Kikuyu and I simply love the recepie you posted. However, I would like like to make a little correction. Irio does mean food but the name of the dish you posted is Mukimo.

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

Thanks for the correction, Nancy and I'm glad you love the recipe being a native of Kikuyu :). I try to make the names of indigenous recipes as easy as it could be for my non-native readers. However, I have updated this recipe to reflect the name "Mukimo".

Supriya Kutty

Thursday 27th of June 2019

It's really looking so healthy and so delicious. I have never tried potatoes in such a way. This dish is really unique and very interesting. I will definitely try this recipe at home and I will let you know. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. Keep Sharing.