I love this vegetarian dish from Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. It is like Imfino with Putu (from Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa 🇿🇦) but with spinach. It is traditionally served with sadza, the maize 🌾 meal staple diet in Africa. Now, living in Spain, I found PAN maíz 🌽 blanco or similar to Italian polenta.
Utensils for Dobi 🍴 cutting board, kitchen knife, salad spinner, medium sized saucepan with lid, garlic press, wooden spoon
Utensils for Sadza 🍴small saucepan with lid, fork, serving spoon 🥄
Ingredients for Dobi for 2 people 200 g spinach or chard, 4 tomatoes 🍅, 6 cloves of garlic, 1 large onion, enough olive oil to cover the bottom, salt & pepper to taste, if you like it spicy 🌶 add crushed chillies as much as you like
Ingredients for Sadza for 2 people 350 ml water, 250 g white maize 🌾 meal, 1 t salt
Preparation for Dobi
- Cover the bottom of the pan with oil
- Chop the onion fine. Fry this on medium heat. Stir every now and then.
- Add pressed cloves of garlic
- Add the chillies 🌶 if you like it spicy
- Fry until onions are glazed. If need be add some extra oil.
- Add chopped tomatoes 🍅
- Put lid on the saucepan
- Once there is enough liquid, after approximately 5 minutes, add the spinach. Give it a good stir. Put lid back on.
- Simmer for 15 minutes
- Take lid off and let cook for another 5 minutes. Ensure you have enough gravy.
Preparation for Sadza
- Boil water and add salt. Switch heat off.
- Add the maize meal into the water very quickly, creating a pyramid
- Stir it with a fork creating lumps
- Put lid on and turn heat onto low
- 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.
- 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 🎶 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 🍷 estate 🏡 in Wellington. She lived with us in South Africa, Italy 🇮🇹 and back to South Africa, where she eventually passed away.