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Zambia : Nshima, Kapenta, rape & beans
Nshima, Kapenta, rape & beans

More by user: zedcloud
Created: 9th Feb 2010
Modified: 9th Feb 2010
Time:
1 hour

The main meal is nshima (starch powder from maize meal). This is Zambia's staple food. It goes with any kind of relish as described in the cooking instructions. Relish can either be meat-related or vegetables. In Zambian circles there is a saying that you haven't eaten any food unless you eat nshima and it's true!
Directions

There are 4 components to this dish.

1. Nshima: Requires starch powder (preferably maize meal). Mix contents with water and simmer for 10 minutes or so and then use a wooden spoon to thicken until hard.

2. Kapenta: This is tiny dried fish can be shallow fried with oil mixed with onions and tomatoes. The less spices the better not to mess with the original taste of the fish.

3. Beans: Can be white or red. Cook freestyle.

4. Rape: Green vegetables can be cooked whichever way you like e.g.cabbages, but best if shallow fried.


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Recipes :  Nshima, Kapenta, rape & beans

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Author: geokely
Wed Jul 7 07:22:25 2010

It's really the delicassy of the Zambian food, a must to eat when you're in Zambia.

Better eat it with your hands as the Zambian do. I know it's not easy for a Mzungu (White People) but you must try eat.

You can add also ndelele (okra) and chily according to your taste.

Author: dzinalangandineSarah
Sun Oct 10 19:56:11 2010

moni,

forks were not used in Europe till 17 century onwards so for centuries before that we ate with our hands, in the UK we still do so now for many foods - pizza, all fast foods like McDonalds, KFC, the national takeaway dish of fish and chips etc.

the only thing I found tricky when eating nshima and relish by hand was hot runny gravy - thats when a spoon would be good

regards from UK

Author: kjrs120
Thu Oct 14 09:29:44 2010

If you roll your nshima and make a small dent in the center, you should not have any problem with gravy running down your hands. Delicious!

Author: vinebranchm
Sat Jul 30 21:47:40 2011

As a West Indian, I travelled to Zambia yearly for my charity work from the UK, and as soon as the plane landed my first meal must be nshima. with fish, I just love it.

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Author: vinebranchm
Sat Jul 30 21:50:43 2011

As a West Indian, I travelled to Zambia each year for my charity work from the UK, and as soon as the plane landed my first meal must be nshima with fish. I just love it

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