Monday, April 14, 2008


Zambia's version of the Greens in Peanut Sauce found all over Central and Southern Africa, Ifisashi, is usually a vegetarian greens and peanuts dish. However, meat can be added if any is handy. Ifisashi is usually served with Nshima, a sort of cornmeal dumpling or mush.

  • one to two cups raw peanuts, shelled and skins removed
  • two tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • one onion, chopped
  • two or three pounds of collard greens, pumpkin leaves, sweet potato leaves (or similar), or spinach; stems removed, washed, rinsed, and chopped
  • salt (to taste)
  • cooked cabbage (optional)
  • leftover cooked beef, chicken, or fish (optional)
  • Grind, chop, or pound peanuts into a fine powder. (Or you can start with natural, sugar-free peanut butter.)
  • Bring a few cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the peanuts, tomatoes, and onion. Cook on high heat for several minutes, stirring often.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Stir in greens. Add salt. Cover. Cook for 15 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. (Cooking time varies by type of greens used.) Add water if mixture becomes dry and starts to scorch.
  • Continue cooking until greens and peanuts are reduced to a thick sauce. Adjust seasoning and add optional ingredients. Serve hot.

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