Nshima Maize Meal

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Nshima Maize Meal
  • 1 kilograms maize meal
  • 2 litre water
  • 1 kilograms maize meal
  • 2 litre water
  1. Put the water in soup pot and bring to boil
  2. Make the maize meal into a paste and add to the boiled water to make a thick porridge
  3. Cook the porridge for 20 minutes and add mealie meal bit by bit
  4. Stir until it is soft and cooked
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow moisture to evaporate and stir again
  6. Serve warm with any relish
Recipe Notes

Recipe from Zambian Cookbook, by Sylvia C. Banda and Hector H. Banda published by CARE International in Zambia.

Nshima is staple of Zambian diet and is made from maize or cassava root. It is served with other dishes like fish, chicken, or vegetables known as “relishes”. Zambians take big helpings but it is very filling. A small ball of Nshima is taken in one hand and molded into a small scoop with the thumb and then used to scoop up a small serving of one of the relishes. It is used in place of forks and scoops are made for every bite of food.

Nshima ground maize but masa, which can be found in Mexican section of supermarkets, also comes from corn and is very similar to maize when cooked.

Nshima Recipe supplied by George Sherman, Earth Charter US Project COPE Co-Coordinator

“I put a bunch of masa into cold water, then brought it to boiling while stirring vigorously with a whip. I put in more, very slowly, beating it. when it had the thickness of clay like I remember fromZambia, I took it off the stove and started "paddling canoe style" with a wooden spatula. I also put in a bit more masa until it had the consistency of nshima. Then I dumped it out of the pan and onto a plate.”

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