A number of people have emailed me asking for more traditional tribal recipes from South Africa.
In response to these requests I will be adding additional ethnic recipes to the South African recipes section of the Afri Chef African Recipes site.
In the meanwhile a traditional Zulu Recipe for IMFINO YEZINANGA or Pumpkin Leaves and Peanuts.
1/2 lb pumpkin leaves (220g)
6 oz peanuts (groundnuts) (140g)
1 1/2 cups milk (400ml)
Salt and pepper to taste
Thoroughly wash the pumpkin leaves and tear them into relatively small pieces.
Crush the peanuts in a mortar using a pestle but do not grind them into a paste.
Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring to almost boiling.
Add the pumpkin leaves and simmer until the leaves become tender.
Add the crushed peanuts and simmer for a further 12 to 15 minutes.
Add the salt and pepper to taste, stirring well to ensure even distribution..
Serve hot as a vegetable with a stiff maize porridge or meat.
NOTE: Water may be used in place of the milk or the quantity of milk can be reduced by 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup of single cream may be added. This will either reduce or increase the richness of the dish.
I have specifically chosen a Zulu recipe using pumpkin leaves because although pumpkin leaves are a valued vegetable in rural Africa they seem to be relatively disregarded in the rest of the world.
I would hazard a guess that many people don?t know that pumpkin leaves are edible and are in fact quite a tasty vegetable.
For more examples of traditional South African Recipes click SOUTH AFRICAN RECIPES
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