Zimbabwean Food (+ Recipes)

Courtesy of Ivy’s Kitchenette

What’s a Zimbabwean blog without Zimbabwean food? And that’s an intro sentence by a lazy writer. On to the next paragraph.

I have tried many different kinds of food, but Zimbabwean food is still the best for me. Italian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Cajon, Ethiopian, Soul – I’ve had it all, but I love Zimbabwean food the most. We make all sorts of things out of maize (corn) and maize meal. We mainly use maize meal to make sadza/isitshwala, a very thick, non-sticky porridge that is the main part of our staple meal. Add chomolia and beef to that and you can win the heart of any Zimbabwean. But that is not all. We eat kapenta, okra, pumpkin leaves, amacimbi, and all kinds of beans, to name a few. I should also mention that we eat nearly everything in a cow. Yes, you’d be surprised how many different flavors come from cow meat!

Alright, let’s get to it. I have here a few recipes, thanks to Ivy’s Kitchenette. Do try them out if you can. Surprise yourself and enjoy a meal from the heart of Zimbabwe.

1. Dried Beef in Peanut Butter Sauce

Dried Beef in Peanut Butter Sauce

Dried Beef in Peanut Butter Sauce

Looks good, right? Here’s the recipe:


500 g (18 oz.) dried beef
4-5 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup water


1. In a large saucepan, boil your beef until it’s tender (to minimize cooking time, you could soak the beef in water overnight).

2. Once the beef is cooked, in another pan, fry onions and then add tomatoes, and then fry until tomatoes are cooked. Add black pepper .

3. Scoop in the peanut butter and stir untill the peanut butter is smooth and well mixed with the onion & tomato.

4. Add a 1/2 cup of water and continue stirring the peanut butter sauce until it thickens.

5. Add the beef and add a little water. Stir together and cover with a lid. Reduce heat to lowest lecel and leave beef to simmer slowly for about 20-30 minutes.

Note: if you love hot & spicy you, could add chilli powder or fresh chopped chillies at the same time that you add black pepper.

2. Stewed Okra and Tomato

Stewed Okra and Tomato

Stewed Okra and Tomato

Can’t wait to try it? Here:


1 onion, chopped
1 pound fresh okra, stem end removed
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Half red pepper sliced
1/2 a cup chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
generous grating fresh black pepper/ or you can use the ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar


1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick pan.

2. When it’s hot, add the onion and pepper and sauté for about 3 minutes.

3. Add the okra and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes (until the okra is beginning to brown).

4. Add the bay leaves, cayenne pepper, black pepper and vinegar, then reduce the heat and cover.

5. Cook for 10 more minutes.

6. Remove the bay leaves and serve alone or with rice.

3. Chakalaka (okay, this is more South African, but hey…)



Let’s get right to it!


Oil — 3 tablespoons
Onions, chopped — 2
Bell peppers chopped — 2
Hot chile peppers, minced — 2 or 3
Garlic, minced — 2 or 3 cloves
Curry powder — 2 teaspoons
Tomatoes, chopped — 3
Baked beans in tomato sauce — 1 (15-ounce) can
Salt and pepper — to taste


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium flame.

2. Add the onions, bell peppers, chile peppers, garlic and curry powder. Saute, stirring frequently, until the onions and peppers are cooked down and wilted (about 4 to 5 minutes).

3. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a boil.

4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.

5. Stir in the baked beans, salt and pepper and stir to heat through.

6. Serve hot or cold.

And that’s it! Let me know what your favorites are, and please share them.

Also, a big thank you to Ivy and I hope you guys check out her page at Ivy’s Kitchenette.


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