How to cook Kalembula-Zambian Food

Kalembula is Sweet Potato leaves. It is a Zambian Vegetable and can be best enjoyed with Nshima (Pap) and a protein dish like beef, fish and Kapenta. It is very easy to cook and does not take up a long time. The best way to cook Kalembula (Sweet potato leaves) is by frying. It is also very nutritious like many green vegetables.  Here is a recipe on how to cook Kalembula.

how to cook kalembula
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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

How to cook Kalembula


3 bundles of Kalembula

1 medium onion

1 tomato

3-4 tablespoons cooking oil


Salt to taste



  1. Remove the leaves from the stalk, wash and allow water to drain
  2. As an option, you can leave the kalembula outside in the sun to dry for a while
  3. Put cooking oil in a heating pan, then add tomatoes, onion, salt and stir to make a gravy.
  4. Add the leaves in and cook, stirring frequently for 10-15 minutes
  5. Ready to serve

Enjoy your Kalembula with some (Nshima) and a protein dish of your choice such as fish or meat.




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