Dobi with sadza from Rhodesia, a vegetarian dish

I love this vegetarian dish from Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. It is like Imfino with Putu (from Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) but with spinach. It is traditionally served with sadza, the maize ๐ŸŒพ meal staple diet in Africa. Now, living in Spain, I found PAN maรญz ๐ŸŒฝ blanco or similar to Italian polenta.

Utensils for Dobi ๐Ÿด cutting board, kitchen knife, salad spinner, medium sized saucepan with lid, garlic press, wooden spoon

Utensils for Sadza ๐Ÿดsmall saucepan with lid, fork, serving spoon ๐Ÿฅ„

Ingredients for Dobi for 2 people 200 g spinach or chard, 4 tomatoes ๐Ÿ…, 6 cloves of garlic, 1 large onion, enough olive oil to cover the bottom, salt & pepper to taste, if you like it spicy ๐ŸŒถ add crushed chillies as much as you like

Ingredients for Sadza for 2 people 350 ml water, 250 g white maize ๐ŸŒพ meal, 1 t salt

Preparation for Dobi

  1. Cover the bottom of the pan with oil
  2. Chop the onion fine. Fry this on medium heat. Stir every now and then.
  3. Add pressed cloves of garlic
  4. Add the chillies ๐ŸŒถ if you like it spicy
  5. Fry until onions are glazed. If need be add some extra oil.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes ๐Ÿ…
  7. Put lid on the saucepan
  8. Once there is enough liquid, after approximately 5 minutes, add the spinach. Give it a good stir. Put lid back on.
  9. Simmer for 15 minutes
  10. Take lid off and let cook for another 5 minutes. Ensure you have enough gravy.

Preparation for Sadza

  1. Boil water and add salt. Switch heat off.
  2. Add the maize meal into the water very quickly, creating a pyramid
  3. Stir it with a fork creating lumps
  4. Put lid on and turn heat onto low
  5. Stir every 5 minutes to break up the lumps and to loosen the bottom. It is okay if the bottom gets caught, but only a little.
  6. After 20 minutes it is ready to serve.

Serve Sadza with Dobi on top.

Delicious with Amahewu, maize porridge fermented and diluted with water and milk. Very refreshing! Nowadays for sale in the African supermarkets.

Music ๐ŸŽถ With this power food belongs a powerful song. Shosholoza. I love the version featuring Margaret Singana by Ipi Ntombi from the album Out of Africa.

TIP If you like, you can eat it with any meat from the barbecue

Romance of this recipe Ntombi, which means young girl, was our Rhodesian Ridgeback. In 2005 this young girl was born in Johannesburg and flew to Cape Town where we picked her up to start her life with us on our wine ๐Ÿท estate ๐Ÿก in Wellington. She lived with us in South Africa, Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น and back to South Africa, where she eventually passed away.

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