Eating your greens frequently is essential if you are to have a balanced diet. Therefore, a tasty green dish is usually a winner with those who appreciate the important nutrients it provides. The central African city of Brazzaville is our destination for this week, and keeping in line with Afro Tourism tradition we’ll be preparing a meal from the city. Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo which is located on the Congo River and we’ll be cooking for this weekend, Saka Saka with rice which is a popular dish in Central Africa and a confirmed favourite of many Congolese.  

So if you like to try new things like I do, whip up your cooking tools and let’s get to work!


Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients: 3 pounds frozen cassava leaves

1 pound beef (cut in bite size pieces)

½ pound (smoked chicken, fish)

1 medium onion chopped

½ – 1 cup palm oil (I used ½ palm oil and half canola oil)

¼ cup ground crayfish (dried shrimps)

4-5 tablespoon ground groundnuts (peanut butter puree)

1 tablespoon Maggi

1 scotch bonnet pepper (1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper) optional

Salt and pepper to taste


Cooking Methods: In a large saucepan, season meat with salt, Maggi and onions and boil until tender, depending on the choice of meat. You should have at least 1-2 cups of stock. Remove the meat and beef stock, reserve.

Cassava leaves 2

Thoroughly crush, mash, or grind the greens in a mortar and pestle or with whatever you can improvise.

Saka Saka Leaves

Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add greens and cook for thirty minutes or more till soft.  Add meat, smoked fish /chicken. Let it simmer for 10 minutes stirring frequently to prevent burns, you may add some beef stock.

Cassava leaves 4

Then add onions, crayfish and palm oil, simmer for another 5 minutes.

Cassava leaves 3


Finally add peanut butter or groundnut paste, maggie and pepper, cook for another 5 minutes.

Cassava leaves 5

Adjust seasonings (Maggie, salt and oil) to taste

Serve warm with rice or luku (fufu).

Recipe by African Bites



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Udochi Anyogu
Yuddie is a lover of life, travel and food. She sources information on recipes from around Africa and shares it with the world.
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