Beans, particularly red kidney beans, are a staple in Burundian cooking. Most people eat beans at least once a day. Rice is another staple. The people of Burundi
enjoy having ugali. Ugali is prepared by boiling cassava flour in water and making a paste of it. Other common foods are plantains, sweet potatoes, cassava, peas and maize. The snack foods of Burundi
include groundnut, sugarcane and fruits. Serving deserts along with the meal is not a custom in Burundi
food culture. The people are not in favor of cooking sweet foods. In rural areas, the Burundi
foods are generally prepared over a wood fire. Boiled foods are mostly preferred by the Burundians. Burundians may drink urwarwa (homemade banana wine) during special celebrations or as part of a meal. A small number of families raise cattle, sheep and goats. Those who own cattle regard them as a status symbol and are reluctant to kill them for meat. Snack foods include groundnuts, sugar cane and fruit. Traditionally, Burundians do not cook many sweet foods or serve desserts with meals.