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Ifisashi & Nshima – Authentic Zambian Recipe

Ifisashi is a traditional vegetarian dish from Zambia that is prepared with spinach and peanuts. It is typically served with nshima.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Total Time: 1 hr

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: African, Vegan, Vegetarian, Zambian

Servings6 people

Recipe Owner: Vera Abitbol


For the ifisashi

1 lb peanuts , roasted1 onion , chopped2 tomatoes , diced½ lb pumpkin , diced1 lb spinach leaves5 leaves green cabbage , finely chopped1 sweet potato , diced2 tablespoons peanut oil1 cup waterSaltPepper

For the Nshima4 cups maize flour (or millet flour)8 cups water



Sauté onion for a few minutes over medium heat.Add tomatoes and peanuts.After a few minutes, add all the vegetables and the water.Cook for 10 minutes over high heat.Lower to medium / low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring regularly until liquid is reduced.


Boil water and salt in a large pot.Reduce heat to medium / high and gradually pour in the flour into the simmering water, avoiding lumps. If necessary, use a hand mixer.Stir constantly until thickened.

Continue cooking over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes by continuing to stir the dough until it reaches the consistency of a thick, smooth and slightly elastic dough.

Form ball or torpedo-shaped rolls.

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