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Zimbowls Creamy Peanut Butter Kale: A Zimbabwean Delight

This vibrant dish finds its roots in the heart of Zimbabwean cuisine, blending the earthy flavors of kale with the rich, creamy texture of peanut butter. It's a testament to the simplicity and depth of Zimbabwean cooking, offering a comforting side dish that pairs beautifully with both traditional sadza (a thickened maize meal) and more global staples like rice (which can also have peanut butter, but that's for another day) or bread.

This recipe bridges cultures, inviting you to savor the warmth of Zimbabwean hospitality right in your kitchen.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 large tomatoes, finely diced

  • 1 pound kale, leaves thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water

  • 5 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

  • Salt, to taste

  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional, if you prefer spicy foods)


  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Begin by washing the kale leaves thoroughly, then slice the leaves into thin strips. Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic, setting them aside for the cooking process.

  2. Sauté the Onion and Garlic: In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, stirring occasionally, until it becomes translucent and soft, about 5-7 minutes. Introduce the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.

  3. Cook the Kale: To the skillet, add the sliced kale in batches, allowing each addition to wilt slightly before adding more. Once all the kale is incorporated and has begun to wilt, pour in the vegetable broth or water. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the kale is tender but still vibrant green.

  4. Add the Peanut Butter: In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter with a few tablespoons of the liquid from the skillet to create a smooth, runny paste. Pour this peanut butter mixture back into the skillet, stirring well to ensure the kale is evenly coated.

  5. Season and Serve: Season the dish with salt to taste, and if you enjoy a bit of heat, a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine all the flavors. Let the dish cook for another 3-5 minutes on low heat, allowing the peanut butter to meld into the kale, creating a creamy and rich sauce.

  6. Final Touches: Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. The kale should be tender, with a nutty and comforting flavor from the peanut butter. Serve warm as a delightful side dish that brings a piece of Zimbabwean culinary tradition to your table.

Serving Suggestions:

Pair this hearty side dish with sadza, rice, or a slice of bread to soak up the savory peanut sauce. It's a versatile recipe that complements grilled meats or a simple bean stew, embodying the spirit of Zimbabwean communal dining.


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