Sweet Potato Scones

Recipe from Kufunda Village Ingredients 1 cup sweet potato flour 1 cup self-rising flour 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder 150g margarine ½ cup sugar 1 large egg 1 cup milk ¼ teaspoon salt Directions Cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Add the milk and stir … Read more

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of Chef Kuchi Ingredients 3 sweet potatoes 1 ½ dried wild mushrooms 1-3 chilies, chopped and seeded 1 bunch pumpkin leaves, cleaned 1 medium onion 4 tomatoes, chopped ½ cup sesame seeds Oil for frying Salt and pepper, to taste Directions Heat the oven to 180°C and roast the sweet potatoes for an … Read more

Zimbabwe Risotto with Pumpkin

If you are trying to think of something a little different to do with African brown rice try this recipe adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/12/23/recipe-brown-rice-risotto/ using local ingredients. Risotto is a traditional Italian dish and can be adapted to produce a delicious, balanced meal cooked in one pot. The type of rice used is important. It needs to have … Read more

Amaranth Grain Pancakes

Ingredients 50g amaranth flour 100 ml milk 1 egg pinch of salt pepper oil or butter Instructions Put the milk and the egg in a bowl and whisk with a fork. Now add the flour and make a smooth batter. You can do everything in the blender, quick and you’ll get a nice smooth batter. Put … Read more


Rupiza is a paste made from crushed cowpeas. Sometimes they are roasted before crushing and may be cooked with or without peanut butter. Ingredients 3 cups cowpeas, peanut butter, salt, water Instructions Clean the cowpeas and roast them in a pan. Remove the hulls by grinding and winnowing. Crush the de-hulled seed on a grinding … Read more

No Bake Baobab Cheesecake

A perfect cake for celebrating a hot Zimbabwean Christmas. For the base: 11 ginger biscuits, 85g butter and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. For the filling: 1 cup condensed milk, 300g cream cheese, rind of 1 lemon, 4 heaped tablespoons baobab powder, 6 teaspoons ginger jam (with pieces of ginger removed), 1 level teaspoon of gelatine (dissolved in 2 … Read more

Cowpea Chili Con Carne

An old favourite with a tradtional legume. Note to reduce the cooking time of cowpeas, soak overnight before cooking or cook in the pressure cooker. Ingredients – serves 4 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 large onion 1 red pepper 2 teaspoons crushed garlic 1 heaped teaspoon hot chili powder (or 1 level tablespoon if you … Read more

Nyimo Bean Hummus

Ingredients  – serves 4 as a starter 250 g cooked nyimo beans 1 teaspoon tahini paste 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 garlic clove 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/4 cup lemon juice salt Directions Soak nyimo beans overnight and cook for 15 min in pressure cooker with a pinch of salt. Drain, rinse … Read more

Cowpea Pancakes

Ingredients 225g cowpeas, cleaned and washed 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 2cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander vegetable oil salt to taste Method Soak the cowpeas in clean water for at … Read more

Carrot Cake with Marula & Mongongo Nuts

Ingredients For the cake: 200g light or dark brown sugar 180ml vegetable oil 120g Greek yoghurt 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 250g flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt 260g very finely grated carrots 1 cup marula and mongongo nuts (roasted) For the frosting: … Read more