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The most common staple food in Zimbabwe is a typical African cornmeal mixture called Sadza. Which is served in traditional families with almost every meal (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) and can be served with different vegetables or meats.

Dovi & Sadza3a

DOVI (Peanut Butter Stew)

Dovi is a traditional stew with meat or vegetables. Peanuts and peanut butter are commonly used for texture and flavour.

(Serves 6 to 8.)


1 chicken, cut into pieces (may use skinless, boneless chicken if preferred)

2 medium onions, finely chopped

2 Tablespoons butter

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 green bell peppers, chopped

3 – 4 tomatoes

6 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter

230g fresh spinach, or 1 package frozen spinach


  • Cook onions with butter in a big stew pot until browned.
  • Add garlic, salt, and seasonings.
  • Stir, adding green peppers and chicken.
  • Once the chicken is browned, add the tomatoes and mash them with a fork.
  • Add 2 cups of water and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add half the peanut butter to the pot, lower the heat, and continue to simmer.
  • In a separate pan, cook the spinach. If using fresh spinach, wash the leaves, add about 2 Tablespoons of water to a saucepan with the spinach and heat over medium low until spinach leaves are limp and tender. If using frozen spinach, cook according to package directions.
  • Add the rest of the peanut butter to the spinach and heat for 5 minutes.
  • Serve the stew and the greens together.



A thick, cornmeal porridge that accompanies most meals.

(Serves 4 to 6.)


4 cups (1l) water

2½ cups (625ml) course white cornmeal (regular cornmeal may be used)

Salt to taste


  • Bring 3 cups (750ml) of the water to a boil in a large pot.
  • Combine 1½ cups (375ml) of the cornmeal with the remaining 1 cup (250ml) water.
  • Reduce heat to medium to low and add the cornmeal mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  • Add salt to taste and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Slowly adding the remaining 1 cup (250ml) of cornmeal. When the mixture is very thick and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, transfer to a serving bowl or plate.
  • Use a wooden spoon or wet hands to shape the Sadza .mixture into a round shape.
  • Serve with a tomato and onion sauce or with a meat dish such as Dovi.



MAPOPO (Papaya) Candy


1 papaya (approximately 450g)

2 cups (500ml) sugar

Lemon peel, grated

½ teaspoon mint, dried or fresh


  • Peel the papaya wash well and slice into little strips.
  • Heat the papaya, mint, grated lemon and sugar over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then set aside for half an hour.
  • Reheat over medium heat until the mixture crystallizes.
  • Remove from heat and, using a spoon and fork, mold into ball or stick shapes.




20 June 2016 - Posted by | World Recipes | , , , , ,

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