Ifisashi- Chibwabwa With Groundnuts

Ifisashi is a term used to describe a dish that is prepared with groundnuts in Zambia. Most of Zambian cuisine especially vegetables can be cooked as ifisashi but the common ones are chibwabwa (pumpkin leaves) , and katapa (cassava leaves). In this recipe, the ifisashi dish we are making use of fresh chibwabwa (pumpkin leaves).


3 bundles of Chibwabwa

1 medium tomato

4-5 tablespoons of pounded groundnuts (sieved)

1/4 teaspoon of soda (optional)

Salt to taste


  1. Remove the outer fibre from the stalk and the center of the leaves (leaf by leaf)
  2. Wash thoroughly leaf by leaf as it may carry soil
  3. Cut the Chibwabwa
  4. Add a bit of water in a pot and add the cibwabwa after letting the water boil a little
  5. Cover the pot and let it boil for about 5 minutes
  6. Add some tomatoes , groundnuts and salt
  7. Cover again for about 5 minutes
  8. Add 1/4 teaspoon of soda (optional)
  9. Mix well and stir till the tomatoes and groundnuts are well cooked
  10. Cover the pot
  11. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes
  12. Ready to serve
  13. Serve with nshima

Cooking tip

Adding a bit of soda makes the Chibwabwa taste great but can take away some nutrients.



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