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a Zimbabwean staple food

Sadza recipe

This Zimbabwean sadza recipe makes the perfect, no lump and soft ugali one can imagine. It is an easy step by step recipe that will remind you of the wonderful place we call Africa. This Isitshwala recipe is one of the meals that unite Africans as it is enjoyed all over Africa where it is known as nshima in Zambia, nsima in Malawi and ugali in Most East African countries. It is in fact the staple food of Zimbabwe, which just shows you how often we have sadza in our diet.

sadza recipe

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The image above shows how sadza is commonly enjoyed with Mazoe and beef ne muriwo (beef and kale or greens).

how to make sadza?

maize meal sadza

step one:

Add maize meal to your pot and along with small amounts of water and stir until it forms a paste and when all the maize is covered in water.

step two:

Boil water and preheat your stove to medium high.

step three:

Once the water has boiled add it to your maize mixture and stir well until everything is combined.

step four:

Place your pot on the preheated stove top and stir continuously stie until the water starts to boil.

step five:

Once the maize mixture starts boiling, cover your pot for 15 minutes and allow it to cook.

step six:

how to mix/ ‘mona’ the sadza?

As seen in the image provided when it comes to mixing sadza, start by adding more maize meal then gather the green side with a wooden spoon then gather the orange and lastly the red, continue to go in this flow until you get a rhythm and when the sadza starts to gather and mix well.

how to serve sadza and get that smooth look and finish:

Serve your ugali by scooping it with a rounded spoon that has been dipped in water( this prevents it from sticking onto your spoon) and place it onto the plate you would like to serve it in .

sadza recipe

sadza recipe

this is an easy step-by-step guide to making the best soft and no lump sadza that will pair well with your muriwo and stew.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
mixing time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Zimbabwean


  • 1 strong wooden spoon
  • 1 medium-large pot


first step:

  • cups maize meal
  • ½ cup water

second step:

  • 1.2 liters boiling water

third step:

  • 1 cup maize meal


step one:

  • mix all the step ingredients into the medium large pot. Make sure that every piece has been well-mixed together.

step two:

  • preheat a stove top to medium high heat and boil 1.2 litres of water.
  • Once your water has boiled, place your pot onto the heated stove top and place your boiling water into the pot. Continuously stir your pot until the maize meal starts to bubble. Once it starts boiling close with a lid and let it boil for 15 minutes.

step three:

  • After the 15 minutes add the extra cup of maize meal then follow the 'how to mix sadza' slide and make sure you go green, yellow and red until everything is well combined.
  • Once you have mixed everything leave the sadza on the heat for 5 minutes whilst covered then serve and enjoy:)
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