As we head towards the season to be merry, if you catch the festive cooking bug like I do, you would already be checking out possible recipes to spice your culinary offerings. Therefore let me excite your taste buds with this dish all the way from Butha Buthe in Lesotho, a landlocked kingdom completely bordered by South Africa. A meal definitely worth trying in the tiny Southern African country is the delicious Spinach & Tangerine Soup from Butha Buthe

Lesotho is made up of a network of rivers and mountain ranges which ensure it enjoys a much cooler climate than most countries on the continent. So I suppose this is why you may need some comfort soup for the cold nights and what better way than to make a sweet and sour African delicacy.

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


Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: 1.5 l chicken stock

75 g yellow split peas

25 g unsalted butter

100 g spring onions, chopped

1 tsp ground turmeric

225 g fresh spinach, finely chopped

40 g parsley, chopped

50 g coriander, chopped

Grated zest of 2 tangerines

Juice of 3 tangerines

20 g ground rice or rice flour

150 ml cold water

225 g natural yoghurt



Cooking Methods: Soak the split peas over night. The following day add the chicken stock to a pan and bring to a boil.

Drain the split peas and add to the pan. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan and add the spring onions.

Fry gently for 5 minutes before adding the turmeric. Fry for 1 minutes then add the cold water and ground rice and stir in.

Transfer the contents of the pan to the stock pot then add the coriander, spinach, parsley and tangerine zest and juice to the pan, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.




Ladle the soup into dishes, garnish with a dollop of yoghurt and sprinkle fresh coriander over the top. Serve immediately.

Spinach and Tangerine Soup

Recipe by Elite Life


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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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