Feature Cook: Nobsie from Zimbabwe


  • Mealie Meal – 2 cups
  • Pumpkin – 1/4 of a crown pumpkin – chopped – enough to half fill a medium sized pot.
  • Sugar – 2tbl spoons


  1. Boil Pumpkin until very soft.
  2. Mash it – not too finely, just enough to enable you to make a porridge.
  3. Mix half a cup of mealie meal in a small bowl with water and make a thick paste.
  4. Mix paste into the pumpkin porridge – let that cook for about 3-4 min in medium heat.
  5. Add the rest of the mealie meal to make a thick paste – Sadza/Isitshwala/Pap.
  6. Cook on medium heat for 3-10min, mixing it halfway through.

You can enjoy it with meat or any vegetables of your choice.