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
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.
Thoroughly crush, mash, or grind the greens in a mortar and pestle or with whatever you can improvise.
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.
Then add onions, crayfish and palm oil, simmer for another 5 minutes.
Finally add peanut butter or groundnut paste, maggie and pepper, cook for another 5 minutes.
Adjust seasonings (Maggie, salt and oil) to taste
Serve warm with rice or luku (fufu).
Recipe by African Bites
If you intend to travel soon,
Feel free to ask any question on +234-903-000-1895 or [email protected]
There are amazing and seriously affordable travel deals here.
You can also send in your travel stories, questions or comments below or via [email protected]