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Recipe: Nsima–The Heart and Soul of Malawian Cuisine 

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Nsima is a thick porridge main dish prepared from corn flour. You can eat Nsima with stew for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Spelt as en-see-ma this national dish of Malawi is a staple carbohydrate dish of the region.

Note that this food is the staple carbohydrate dish in Malawi. There are two kinds of corn flour used by Malawians : the whole corn kernel, Ufa wa m’gaiwa, and the starchy corn flour, Ufa woyera.

The local families often grind the maize flour using a pestle and mortar or buy mass-produced flour from local shops. Typically, you can eat nsima with vegetables or a sauce with fish, beans, or meat. You can also serve mashed potatoes with vegetables and beans as a substitute for nsima. 

Follow the steps below to learn how to prepare Nsima.

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How to Prepare Nsima

Recipe: Nsima–The Heart and Soul of Malawian Cuisine 
Corn flour. Image source: Freepik licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Ingredients 

Instructions

  1. Pour the cups of cold water into a clean cooking pot and put it to boil
  2. Once boiling, add a cup of cornmeal to the boiling water, pouring bit by bit while stirring with a wooden spoon.
  3. Stir to make sure there are no lumps. Cover with a lid and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the remaining corn meal into the boiling water and stir the mixture.
  5. Stir the mixture evenly to produce a smooth, thick, and lump-free paste.
  6. Add more cornmeal or water to get the desired texture.
  7. Leave it to simmer for 10 minutes in medium heat.
  8. Stir and scoop the nsima, shaping it into multiple balls into serving bowls.
  9. Allow it to cool.
  10. The locals serve with a number of different types of sauces or with meat, fish, or vegetables.

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Recipe: Nsima–The Heart and Soul of Malawian Cuisine 
Nsima served with fish. Image source: Medium licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Video Credit: Malawian food recipes

Malawian Food Recipes is a YouTube channel that shares unique food recipes from Malawi.

Nsima is served with Vegetable sauce and Meat.

Malawian Nsima

Malawi
Recipe: Nsima–The Heart and Soul of Malawian Cuisine Sedi Djentuh
Nsima is a thick porridge main dish prepared from corn flour. You can eat Nsima with stew for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 days 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine African, Malawian
Servings 6
Calories 455 kcal

Equipment

Wooden Spoon
Cooking Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups of corn flour
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Pour the cups of water into a clean cooking pot and put it to boil
  • Once boiling, add a cup of cornmeal to the boiling water, pouring bit by bit while stirring with a wooden spoon.
  • Stir to make sure there are no lumps. Cover and allow to boil for 10 minutes
  • Pour the remaining cornmeal into the boiling water and stir the mixture.
  • Stir the mixture evenly to produce a smooth, thick, and lump-free paste.
  • Add more cornmeal or water to get the desired texture.
  • Leave it to steam for 10 minutes.
  • Stir and scoop the nsima, shaping it into multiple balls into serving bowls.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Serve with a sauce of your choice or with meat, fish, or vegetables.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 95.4gFat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16.7mgPotassium: 133.8mgFiber: 3.4gSugar: 0.3gCalcium: 3.3mgIron: 32.2mg
Keyword Malawian Dish, Nsima
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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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