Zimbabwean Recipes


(Green-based Stew)

My Mother’s favourite which she cooks normally on Sunday afternoon. Nobody misses this meal!  


 ·  500 grams beef


Cut meat into chunks and bring to boil until tender

Heat oil in a separate saucepan

Add the meat and brown it before adding the onions first and then the tomatoes

Shred vegetables and add to the stewed meat

Allow to simmer at low heat until the vegetables are tender

Stir and add a little soup powder mixed with stock

Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


·  2 tomatoes

·  1 Onion

·  1 packet of powdered soup mix

·  I bundle of vegetables (Preferably rape vegetables - strong textured leaves)

Serves 2 3 persons

By Dorcus Shumba and Tracy Chiridza



You can eat this alone or served hot with another vegetable such as leafy greens or even a green-based stew.




Add water to a large pan and bring to a boil

Then add the cornmeal (maize meal) and stir frequently until you form a thick paste

Add the pumpkin and sugar then stir in the peanut butter and season with salt

Stir everything together to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated

Continue cooking for a few minutes and add a little water if the mixture is too thick

Serve hot with leafy greens or a green-based stew


·  1 cup cornmeal

·  ½ teaspoon sugar

·  500 ml water

·  3 tablespoons peanut butter

·  ½ pumpkin, peeled, cooked and mashed and salted

Serves 6 persons



Often eaten with sadza ...  peanuts are very common in Zimbabwe



 Shred 1 bunch of silverbeet or alternative, removing the tough stems

Steam in ¼ cup of salted water, reserving a little water

Add tomatoes and onion

Stir and allow to simmer

Add 3 tablespoons of peanut butter stirring frequently until greens have a creamy consistency


·  1 bunch  silverbeet or a vegetable leaf that is a little tougher like kale

·  peanut putter

·  1 cup water

·  1 large tomato, cored, chopped

·  1 onion chopped

·  3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

·  salt

Serves 4 persons




This is a staple food in Zimbabwe and is eaten for breakfast with milk (like porridge) or with vegetables and meat for lunch or dinner



Bring water to boil in a saucepan

Mix a ¼ cup of mealie-meal with a ¼ cup of water to make a thick paste

Add this paste to the boiling water and stir continuously to avoid lumps

Once the paste starts to simmer, leave for about 10 minutes

Start to add more mealie-meal until the desired consistency is reached

Stir at all times to avoid lumps

Once the paste is thick allow to rest at low heat


 ·  6 cups Mealie Meal (Corn Meal) or Semolina

·  4 cups hot water

Serves 6 persons