Kgodu (pumpkin, peanut and maize porridge)

Kgodu  (pumpkin, peanut and maize porridge)

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  • 4 to 6
  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 30 minutes


  • 500 g pumpkin or butternut , peeled and cubed
  • 2 t sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • a pinch salt
  • 375 g maize meal
  • 1 T peanut butter

Cooking Instructions

1. Place the pumpkin in a saucepan with a little water and cook for about 25 minutes, or until soft. Once cooked, mash the pumpkin and sprinkle in the sugar.

2. Place 2 cups water in a separate saucepan, add the salt and bring to a boil.

3. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and gradually add the maize meal, stirring until well incorporated. Cover the saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Stir in the pumpkin and peanut butter and reduce the heat to low. Cook a further 5 minutes. The consistency should be like a runny porridge.

Cook's note: Kgodu is a Sepedi recipe very similar to the Zulu isijingi. This version is my grandma’s – she adds peanut butter, which is optional.

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