Cooking Pumpkin Leaves – New Way

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By Our Correspondent

With inactivity around a lot of things the world over, you need to make life exciting for yourself. Perhaps one way is experimenting with various ways of cooking traditional food to make it delicious. This week we look at how you can cook pumpkin leaves in a new, some one is whispering that such could be a way to maintain good relationship with spouse. Whether its men or women cooking, this sure is the way to go. Here below is the recipe for cooking pumpkin leaves in such a way to make it more delicious:

What you need – Ingredients (i.e. for 3 servings; adjust as necessary)

  • 1 bunch pumpkin leaves
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp pure vegetable oil
  • 500 ml boiling water
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)

Quick Instructions

  1. With your pumpkin leaves (1 bunch), tomatoes (2 tomatoes, chopped) and onions (1/2 onion, chopped) ready, begin washing your pumpkin leaves. Give them a thorough wash until you’re satisfied that it’s clean Break of part of the stem and pull of the silk from the pumpkin leaves. Do this one leaf at a time. In Chichewa – Malawi we call this kusadzula nkhwani.
  2. After kusadzula, cut your pumpkin leaves up. Put some water (500 ml boiling water) in a pot and add bicarbonate of soda (1 tsp). Close the pot and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Add your cut up pumpkin leaves to the boiling water and close the pot. Bring to the boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally in between. After  5 minutes drain your pumpkin leaves in a colander.
  4. Give your pot a quick rinse (do not rinse the pumpkin leaves) then return the pumpkin leaves to the pot. Add cooking oil (4 tbsp), salt (1 tsp), onions and tomatoes. Stir, reduce heat, close pot  and let simmer until tomatoes and onions are cooked through (about 10 minutes).
  5. Your pumpkin leaves are done. Serve with nsima (pap) and your favourite relish or just as is. Enjoy!

Source of Recipe: Zimbo Kitchen