Nsima with pumpkin leaves, tomato, and ground nuts
- 2 large handfuls of young, green pumpkin leaves (directly from pumpkin patch)
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups ground peanuts
- 4-8 cups ground maize white corn flour as found in an African market
- Wash pumpkin leaves in a sink full of water and proceed to de-vein by grabbing hold of tiny strings and pulling them off – this makes the leaves easier to eat.
- Chop tomatoes into small pieces
- Place ¼ to ½ cup water in large pot and salt the water. Then put pumpkin leaves on top of the water and steam on the stove at a medium temperature. Put the lid on the pot.
- Once the leaves begin to steam – add the chopped tomatoes on top of the leaves and then add the groundnuts on top of the tomatoes. Replace the lid and continue to steam on medium/low heat.
- As liquid reduces, stir the vegetable/nut mixture and continue cooking until it has more of a creamy consistency with most liquid reduced.
- Now add ½ up water to bottom of another large pot. Salt the water. Add 2-4 cups ground maize and stir. Place on medium/low heat and cook until it begins to boil.
- As it starts to bubble, add hot water and more cups of ground maize until the desired amount. Continue to let it cook - stir occasionally in an upward motion until it has a thickness of mashed potatoes – quite stiff.
- Serve large spoonful of nsima onto a plate. Add a desired amount of vegetable relish on the plate. Eat with fingers – enjoy!