Walnut tshidzimba

Walnut tshidzimba

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • Meat-free wheat and gluten free
  • 5 minutes, plus overnight soaking time
  • 2 1⁄2 hours
  • Woolworths Cape Lightly Sparkling White

“This plant-based dish, which originates in Venda, has become my go-to way of cooking umngqusho. Peanuts add texture and the walnuts give a nutty sweetness and crunch.”  –


  • 180 g samp, soaked overnight
  • 180 g dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight
  • 90 g raw peanuts
  • 90 g raw walnuts
  • 4 T canola oil
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, washed
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large onion
  • 100 g butter

Cooking Instructions

1. Place the samp, beans, peanuts and half the walnuts in a saucepan and top with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and cook for

2. hours or until tender. The nuts will soften but retain a crunch. 2 Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave at full power for 20 minutes, or until soft. Allow to cool, then flatten with the palm of your hand.

3. Heat a non-stick pan and add the canola oil. Fry the sweet potatoes until caramelised on both sides. Season, then remove from the pan and add the onion and butter. Fry gently for 5–7 minutes, or until the onions have softened and sweetened. Season to taste.

4. Serve the tshidzimba topped with the onions and sweet potato, sprinkled with the remaining walnuts.

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Photographs: Elsa Young
Production: Khanya Mzongwana
Food assistant: Offentse Clive Ndou

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