Cookbook:Ifisashi (Zambian Peanut and Spinach Stew)

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Ifisashi (Zambian Peanut and Spinach Stew)
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Ifisashi is a delicious and hearty Zambian stew made with a flavorful combination of peanuts and spinach. This nutritious dish is a staple in Zambian cuisine and is often served with nshima, a popular Zambian side dish made from cornmeal.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot. Sauté until the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Add the diced tomato, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper to the pot. Cook until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, blend the shelled peanuts until they form a smooth paste. You may need to add a little water to achieve the desired consistency.
  5. Add the peanut paste to the pot with the cooked vegetables. Stir well to combine.
  6. Pour in enough water to reach your desired consistency for the stew. Stir to mix the water with the peanut and vegetable mixture.
  7. Season the stew with ground cayenne pepper, ground cumin, ground paprika, and salt to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  8. Let the stew simmer for about 15–20 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld and the stew to thicken.
  9. Add the chopped spinach to the pot and stir to incorporate it into the stew. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until the spinach wilts and becomes tender.
  10. Remove the pot from the heat and let the stew rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • Ifisashi is traditionally served with nshima, a thick cornmeal porridge that complements the flavors of the stew.
  • You can add other vegetables like eggplant or okra to the stew for added taste and nutrition.
  • For a creamier texture, you can blend some of the cooked vegetables along with the peanut paste before adding it back to the pot.
  • Peanuts are a good source of protein, healthy fats, and various vitamins and minerals.
  • Spinach is rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin K.