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Recipe: Samp– Eswatini’s Delicious Breakfast

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Samp is an interesting breakfast you can prepare with coarsely ground skinless maize kernels. It’s a popular dish in Africa, with different cooking and serving varieties. While parts of South Africa and its surrounding countries call this recipe samp, other African countries have differing names for it. 

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In Ghana, for instance, this recipe is of two types, named after the methods used to prepare them. These names are oblayo and ekwegbe.

In this guide, we want to focus on how you can prepare samp Eswatini way. 

Although you can prep the maize yourself, save time by buying ready-made raw samp in the market or on Amazon

If you choose to prep the corn yourself, use this fantastic Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper to remove the dry corn from its cob. 

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How to Prepare Samp in 11 Simple Steps

You can use yellow corn for samp.
Corn for making Samp. Image source: Freepik licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup of samp
  • 2 liters of Water
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and transfer the samp into a big bowl.
  2. Pour enough water to submerge the samp. Leave it to soak overnight. This process makes the dry corn soft, reducing the cooking time. 
  3. Drain and add fresh water, about a liter or more, to the samp in a big pot.
  4. Put to a boil on medium heat.
  5. Cover the pot, but slide the lid halfway when it begins to boil. This step will prevent water from draining from the cooking pot into the stove.  
  6. Leave it to boil for 60 to 85 minutes on low heat.
  7. Open the pot and stir occasionally, adding extra water if the cooking water drains.  
  8. Once the samp is soft, add a tablespoon of butter and stir slowly to mix thoroughly. 
  9. Add salt to taste.
  10. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes
  11. Serve hot alongside a vegetable dish or beef stew.

Samp Serving and Cooking Tips

  • You can choose to boil the samp directly without soaking it overnight. However, this will take 3 or more hours.
  • There are some varieties that add beans to the samp before cooking. You can try that variety, too, if you desire.
  • Add cream and simmer for a few minutes before turning the heat off.
  • In some parts of Africa, you can add peanut butter instead of cream.
  • For a crunchy dish, add roasted peanuts to your dish. 
  • In South Africa, you can add curry leaves while you cook. Note that curry leaves are different from bay leaves

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Eswatini’s Samp

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Recipe: Samp– Eswatini’s Delicious BreakfastSedi Djentuh
Samp is an interesting breakfast you can prepare with coarsely ground skinless maize kernels. It’s a popular dish in Africa, with different cooking and serving varieties.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine African
Servings 5
Calories 239 kcal

Equipment

Cooking Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cup of samp
  • 2 liters of Water
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash and transfer the samp into a big bowl.
  • Pour enough water to submerge the samp. Leave it to soak overnight. This process makes the dry corn soft, reducing the cooking time.
  • Drain and add fresh water, about a liter or more, to the samp in a big pot.
  • Put to a boil on medium heat.
  • Cover the pot, but slide the lid halfway when it begins to boil. This step will prevent water from draining from the cooking pot into the stove.
  • Leave it to boil for 60 to 85 minutes on low heat.
  • Open the pot and stir occasionally, adding extra water if the cooking water drains.
  • Once the samp is soft, add a tablespoon of butter and stir slowly to mix thoroughly.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Serve hot alongside a vegetable dish or beef stew.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 6.7gFat: 1.1gFiber: 6.1g
Keyword Corn Poridge, Samp
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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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