Rupiza is a paste made from crushed cowpeas. Sometimes they are roasted before crushing and may be cooked with or without peanut butter.


  • 3 cups cowpeas, peanut butter, salt, water


  1. Clean the cowpeas and roast them in a pan.
  2. Remove the hulls by grinding and winnowing.
  3. Crush the de-hulled seed on a grinding stone until broken into small pieces.
  4. Boil the ground cowpeas until cooked.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Stir the rupiza until a fine paste is formed.
  7. Add a little water and peanut butter.
  8. Leave the paste to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Season and serve hot with brown rice or finger millet rotis.CI2A6761 Rupiza (roasted cowpeas)
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Anna Brazier is the editor of Naturally Zimbabwean. She was born in Zambia but has lived most of her life in Zimbabwe. She has a BSc in Ecology and an MSc in Sustainable Development and works as a consultant promoting sustainable agriculture, nutrition, traditional foods and community resilience in Africa and beyond. She lives in Harare with her husband and three children.