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How to make Nsima, a tasty Malawian dish

Nsima is a tasty Malawian thick porridge made from maize flour and water.

Just like most African countries, Malawians have a particular food they easily identify with, and that food is Nsima – known as a staple food in Malawi.

In Malawi, not only is their staple food, Nsima, made from maize, but maize also provides about 25% of the agricultural employment in the country.

Nsima is usually eaten with vegetables and protein (fish, meat, or beans), and the meal is so connected to Malawian culture that it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The process of preparing Nsima requires specific knowledge and skills, so children learn how to pound the maize and prepare Nsima at an early age.

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1. 5 to 6 cups of cornmeal
2. Ground maize or cornflour (1 cup per serving)
3. Water

1. Heat 5 cups of water in a pot until warm

2. Slowly add a cup of maize to the water and stir continuously with a wooden spoon until a porridge starts to form

3. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes and reduce the heat to a moderate level (stirring occasionally)

4. Add the remaining cups of cornmeal, a little at a time, flattening any lumps and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to make it smooth and thick

How to make Nsima, a tasty Malawian dish
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5. Once you have achieved your desired texture, scoop the thick porridge with a spoon, shaping it into multiple patties.

How to make Nsima, a tasty Malawian dish
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6. Serve with the food of your choice.

How to make Nsima, a tasty Malawian dish
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In conclusion, Nsima remains an undefeated Malawian dish that everyone should try.

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