Recipe: Explore the Traditional Delele of Zambia

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Delele is a Zambian and Zimbabwean dish prepared with fresh okra, tomatoes, onions, and a protein of your choice. You can add baking soda to the dish to give it a unique taste. Soda, however, reduces the nutritional value of the dish. 

Delele means okra in Zambia, hence the name of the dish. You can use either fresh or dried delele for cooking with.

The following is a step-by-step guide on how to prepare delele.

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How to Prepare Delele

Recipe: Explore the Traditional Delele of Zambia
Okra, also called delele in Zambia. Image source: Freepik licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash the okra thoroughly under running water.
  2. Cut off the head or the bottom.
  3. Dice the okra.
  4. Bring the water to a boil in a cooking pot.
  5. Add the soda to the boiling water
  6. Add diced tomatoes
  7. Stir the sauce
  8. Add the okra after a few minutes.
  9. Leave to boil and stir occasionally.
  10. Add salt to taste.
  11. Allow the sauce to boil without covering the pot. 
  12. Taste and adjust salt
  13. Serve with Nshima

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Zambian Delele

Zambia
Recipe: Explore the Traditional Delele of ZambiaSedi Djentuh
Delele is a Zambian and Zimbabwean dish prepared with fresh okra, tomatoes, onions, and a protein of your choice. You can add baking soda to the dish to give it a unique taste. Soda, however, reduces the nutritional value of the dish.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Servings 4
Calories 64 kcal

Equipment

Cooking Pot

Ingredients
  

  • Okra 25-30 pieces
  • Two fresh tomatoes sliced
  • ½ tbsp of soda
  • 1 Onion sliced (optional)
  • ½ tbsp of salt to taste
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions
 

  • Wash the okra thoroughly under running water.
  • Cut off the head or the bottom.
  • Dice the okra.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a cooking pot.
  • Add the soda to the boiling water
  • Add diced tomatoes
  • Stir the sauce
  • Add the okra after a few minutes.
  • Leave to boil and stir occasionally.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Allow the sauce to boil without covering the pot.
  • Taste and adjust salt
  • Serve with Nshima

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 6gFat: 2.2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 282mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 240IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 490mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Delele, Okra, Okra Sauce, Okra Soup, Okra Stew
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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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