Does anyone know what the pictured items are called in English? 😉
Anyway…been eating a lot of these Melon/Pumpkin looking items, now that they are in season. In Kaonde, we call them ‘Machimpa’ but the more commonly known name is the Nyanja one – ‘Mponda.’
‘Mponds’ are mostly bland or flat tasting, and are typically eaten boiled as is, or with a sprinkling of salt to taste. I normally follow the steps below to bring some life to this very filling and hearty food item 🙂
-Boil the Mponda whole until the outer shell is soft enough for a knife to slice through.
-While still hot, Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon to discard.
-Then scoop out the flesh, freeing it from the shell, and into a bowl.
-Immediately add some butter (not margerine…though depending on the brand…it may be acceptable), sugar and mix everything well.
-Smooth into a Puree or roughly mixed – the consistency is upto personal preference.
-If you feel more adventurous, for a real treat – add 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, Vanilla essence and Powdered milk. Mix well and Enjoy 🙂