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 ‘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 GroundnutsCourse: SidesDifficulty: Medium
800g Lumanda leaves
1 1/2 cup pounded Groundnuts
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! 💕