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Traditional Dishes You Should Taste While in Zambia

If you want to know what’s on the menu in Zambia, check out these traditional foods

Traditional Dishes You Should Taste While in Zambia

According to the World wide web, Zambia is in southern Africa, and is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is famed Victoria Falls – indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke That Thunders” – plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge. Spanning the Zambezi River just below the falls is Victoria Falls Bridge, a spectacular viewpoint.

The BBC lets us know that Zambia, unlike most of its neighbors, has managed to avoid the war and upheaval that has marked much of Africa’s post-colonial history, earning itself a reputation for political stability and is also has one of the world’s fastest growing populations with the UN projecting that its population will triple by 2050.
Eating is an important aspect of all cultures and it is no different from the Zambian one. Check out our very favorite of the top traditional foods you must eat while if you find yourself in Zambia.
NSHIMA: Nshima is the staple of Zambia. It is made from corn that is ground into a fine powder called. You cook it by mixing the cornmeal with water and then bring it to boil as porridge. More cornmeal is added until it develops a thicker texture. The cornmeal can be substituted for cassava or any other grounded grain. Nshima is served with meat, fish or vegetables. Nisima and three relishes is a popular and common dish in Zambia

VEGETABLES: There are a wide variety of vegetables that are consumed in Zambia, based on seasonal availability. Popular vegetables include ‘chibwabwa‘, which are pumpkin leaves, ‘katapa‘ sweet potato leaves, ‘bondwe‘ (a species of amaranthus), ‘impwa‘ (a species of eggplant), ‘lumanda‘ (a species of hibiscus), and okra, which is either fried or boiled.

CHIKANDA: This is commonly referred to as ‘African polony’, and it is entirely vegetarian. Made from wild orchid tubers, peanuts, chili, and baking soda, it is cooked until it has consistency, and is served either hot or cold.

FISH: Zambia has many water bodies that produce different types of fishes. Some of the most popular are kapenta (small sardine-type fish that are fried in oil, tomatoes, and onions), and Buka Buka, a species of Nile perch, and bream which is either grilled boiled or fried and served in gravy with nshima.

VITUMBUWA: Vitumbuwa or ‘fritters; are fried dough balls of flour, sugar, yeast, and water. They are commonly found at markets around Zambia and served in a newspaper. Vitumbuwa is a common tea snack.

The Gambian people definitely will please your palette when and if you pay them a visit.

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