Lumanda with pounded Groundnuts

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Howdy folks! 😊

Our journey to cook as many local (Zambian) dishes as we know how continues, and our next stop is Lumanda (A.K.A Roselle), with pounded groundnuts 😋. This one is truly one of my all time favourites. And it really is a delicacy. I believe this dish is best paired with Nshima and fish, however Goat Stew, chicken or any other β€˜Protein stew’ would do just fine! 😊

While many people enjoy eating this dish, not many are as confident in cooking it – so I hope this recipe changes that! 😉

I went ahead and documented the steps for you, so here goes :

Lumanda with pounded Groundnuts

Recipe by LubayaCourse: SidesDifficulty: Medium


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  • 800g Lumanda leaves

  • 1 1/2 cup pounded Groundnuts

  • 1 Onion

  • 1 Tomato

  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Soda

  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt

  • 300 ml Water


  • Start by washing the Lumanda leaves in cold water, to get rid of any sand and dirt 😊.
  • Set aside the vegetables, and have your ‘Soda’ handy…
  • In a pot, bring 300ml of water to a boil. Add to that, the salt and soda. Don’t worry if it gets slightly foamy 😉
  • Add the Lumanda to the boiling water/soda solution…
  • It will be frothy for a few seconds, but use a wooden spoon to push the leaves down into the water, keeping everything in the pot 😊. At this point, you’ll also see the vegetables begin to discolor a little bit…
  • Allow this to cook for about 5 minutes, using your cooking stick to maintain order 😊.
  • While that cooks, chop up the Onion and tomatoes into small cubes. Traditionally, most people don’t add onions to this dish…but I tried it, and liked the flavour they bring so….😊
  • Add the tomatoes and onions to the pot and allow them to cook covered, for another 5 minutes. 😊
  • At this stage, you have 2 options. A) You can make a paste of the groundnuts with a little water – before adding it to the cooked Lumanda.
  • B) You can add the pounded groundnuts directly to the pot. If using method B, covering the pot immediately and allowing the powder to steam for a few minutes cooks the groundnut powder through, before combining everything together 😊.
  • Mix through the Veg and groundnut powder with a wooden spoon, and taste for seasoning. Adjust by adding more salt, if desired. Replace the cover and let this cook for about 15-20 minutes, on medium heat. After that, the dish is ready! 😊
  • Serve with Nshima and your desired protein. Had mine with fried Tilapia 👌🏾🤩😋. Then I died and went to heaven! 💕


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  2. Daniel Kasongo

    Absolutely delicious and nice outlined, can I use this recipe on page that would be sent to a friend. Of course with your name quoted on it???

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  4. Vivian Thompson

    Hi Dear is anyway I can have the seeds so that I can plat them in my garden I would really apriciate your help just tell me how much then I can send you my details.
    I am a very good fan of Lumanda.
    Awaiting to hear from you.

    • Hi there! πŸ™‚ The seeds are available in most Agro-shops, especially those in Lusaka’s Town center/CBD. Lusaka Pharmacy and shops around there have them.
      All the best!

  5. Thanks for sharing this recipe..Lumanda is my all time favour vegetable. I must say the results were jolly delicious.. Contrary to some myths, this is quiet easy to prepare.

    • Thanks for the feedback! πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you went for it! Indeed, Lumanda is also in my top favorites. Nothing quite like it! πŸ˜‰
      Well done!

  6. yum yum..omg now i have to go out and find lumanda!!gotta have this today…or maybe u can send me some πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha! Yummy indeed. this was over the weekend so the stock has finished. But please visit the market before the vendors are chased

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