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“Zambia's version of the Greens in Peanut Sauce found all over Central and Southern Africa, Ifisashi, is usually a vegetarian greens and peanuts dish. However, meat can be added if any is handy. Ifisashi is traditionally served with Nshima, It's like polenta.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 -2 cup raw peanuts, shelled and skins removed (or natural unsweetened peanut butter)
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 -3 lbs collard greens, pumpkin leaves, sweet potato leaves (or similar)
  • salt (to taste)
  • cooked cabbage (optional)
  • leftover cooked beef, chicken (optional) or fish (optional)


  1. Grind, chop, or pound peanuts into a fine powder. (Or you can start with natural, sugar-free peanut butter.).
  2. Bring a few cups of water to a boil in a large pot and add the peanuts, tomatoes, and onion.
  3. Cook on high heat for several minutes, stirring often.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and stir in greens, add salt.
  5. Cover and cook for 15 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. (Cooking time varies by type of greens used).
  6. Add water if mixture becomes dry and starts to scorch.
  7. Continue cooking until greens and peanuts are reduced to a thick sauce. Adjust seasoning and add optional ingredients if desired.
  8. Serve hot.

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