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December 8: Zimbabwe

Dovi (Chicken Peanut Butter Stew) and Sadza (Corn Meal Dumplings)

Admittedly, this is not my best photo. One problem was that I could only find blue corn meal, which I substituted for the white requested. Polenta is another good substitute. (Grits would work, but are not technically the same.) The stew was really wonderful, especially on a cold night. My husband and I definitely plan to eat this again, although the kids were less impressed.

 

Dovi (Chicken Peanut Butter Stew)

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 green bell peppers, chopped (optional)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken (breast or thigh), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 6 ounces frozen spinach (or 1/2 pound fresh)

Cook onions with butter on medium-high heat in a big stew pot until browned. Add garlic, salt and seasonings. Add the green peppers (if using) and chicken. Brown the chicken. Add the tomatoes and mash with a fork as they soften. Add the broth and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the peanut butter, reduce heat, and continue to simmer about 5-10 minutes.

In a separate pot, cook the spinach. If using fresh spinach, wash the leaves, add about 2 tablespoons of water to a saucepan with the spinache and heat over medium-low heat until the spinach is limp and tender. If using frozen spinach, cook according to package directions. Stir all together and simmer 5-10 minutes more.

 

Sadza

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups white cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add salt. Reduce heat to medium-low. Mix 1 1/2 cups of cornmeal into the remaining cup of water and add the mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Slowly add the remaining cup of cornmeal.

When the mixture is very thick and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, transfer to a serving bowl or plate. Use a wooden paddle or spoon to compress the mixture into large dumpling shapes. 

Printable Recipe

 

Did you know?

The name Zimbabwe derives from “Dzimba dza mabwe,” meaning “great houses of stone” in the Shona language.

Lake Kariba on the River Zambezi is one of the world’s largest manmade lakes.

The life expectancy in Zimbabwe is 48.

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