Zambian Dish

Talk about the Zambian dish!

Is it just Zambian traditional food from one tribe? Not a tall.


Remember, Zambia has got nine provinces, and each of which has different versions of the Zambian food.

For you information, there are various Zambian recipes---

Yes we are talking about the same food --- vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, but the Zambia food has a Zambian touch.

Vegetable Recipes

For example, the most common vegetable recipes are chikanda, (African polony), Kalembula (Dry Sweet Potato Leaves, Kanunka ya uma (Black Jack), Chibwabwa (Dry Pumpkin Leaves in Groundnuts Sauce, Bondwe ( Dry Amaranthus), Ingolyolyo ( Pigeon Peas )  and so many others.

Meat Recipes

Here are some of the meat recipes: Imbushi mu Mupunga (Goat in Rice), Fibolokoto (Boiled Cow Hooves), I fyamumala (Offals), Mbuzi yo Phika (Goat Stew), Imibu ya Nama (Meat Balls), Utukondo twa Nkumba (Pork Trotters) and many others.

Fish Recipes

Among the fish recipes not to be forgotten are Isabi na Katapa (Dry Fish in Cassava Leaves) and Dry Kapenta in Peanut Sauce. Others are Tikatika (Boiled Small Fish) and Chapatwa ya Kusashila (Dry Fish in Peanut Sauce).

Game Recipes

Have you heard about Mice Recipe? Yes, we do have Imbeba ya Kocha (Roasted Mice) and Mbewa za Nshawa (Mice in Peanut Butter). There are also seasonal Caterpillar recipes; Ifishimu fyakusalula (Fried Caterpillars), Vinkubala va Nshawa (Catterpillar in Peanut Sauce) and Vinkubala vo Kazinga (Caterpillar Crips).

Others are Inama ya Mpanga iya kocha (Grilled Game Meat), Ichifulu (Duiker Offals), Kalulu wa kufumbika (Braised Hare), Impombo ya kocha (Stuffed Leg of Duiker) and so many others.

Poultry Recipes

My favorite recipe is Village Chicken.  This can either be Inkoko yakusashila (Village Chicken in Peanut Sauce) or Nkhuku mu Chikasu (Village Chicken Curry). Others are Inkoko ya Kocha (Grilled Chicken), Ikanga yakufumbika (Braised Guinea Fowl) and Umukate wa Mbata (Duck Loaf).

Zambian Traditional Beverages

There are also several beverages here. Munkoyo, Chibwamtu, Livinstone Potato, Thobwa,  Lumanda drink, Ntungulu Drink, Mubuyu Drink ( Baobab Drink) and many others.

Preparation of Zambian Dish

When you happen to come to Zambia, don’t forget to taste the Zambian Traditional food.

At any rate, would you want to know how to prepare one of the Zambian dishes?

Here’s how the chikanda is prepared!

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