Recipe Thursday: How to Make Zimbabwean Melon Soup, Umxhanxa

Africa is the home of very delicious, classic and even spiritual meals. At ILoveAfrica, we love to share very exotic meal recipes from all over the continent, and today we have Umxhanxa. Umxhanxa is a traditional Ndebele dish, it is mostly eaten by the Ndebele and Kalanga people. It is a seasonal dish often served in winter after harvest time and it is also often eaten for lunch.

Umxhanxa is made by taking a yellow watermelon, known as iJodo, sun-dried maize, and sugar. The maize is boiled with water until the hard grains soften, which usually takes up to two and a half hours. The yellow watermelon is skinned and sliced, and all the seeds are removed. Then, it’s boiled for 30 minutes. It is then beaten, and the iJodo and maize are combined with sugar.

Ingredients For Umxhanxa

The ingredients depend on the quantity of Umxhanxa you intend to prepare.

1 big or medium size yellow water melon  (iJodo)
500g or 1kg of sun dried maize grains
250 g of sugarRecipe Thursday: How to Make Zimbabwean Melon Soup, Umxhanxa



1) Take your sun dried maize grains place them into a pot with as much water as you can depending on the size of pot you are using.
2) Place the pot on the fire, let it cook, until water finishes and you pour more water until the maize grains are very soft .keep tasting until you are satisfied that the maize is done.
This cooking process will take almost 2and half hours
If you want it to take less time, you must soak the maize in water over night, then it will be soft when you cook it and that will take you an hour.Recipe Thursday: How to Make Zimbabwean Melon Soup, Umxhanxa


1)Take the yellow water melon and slice it into big slices like how you would do a red water melon
take all seeds out of the sliced pieces .
2) Remove the skin of the yellow water melon
3) chop the melon slices in to big chunks and place them in the pot, pour 250 ml of plain water
4) Place on the stove or fire for 30 minutes and let it cook .
5) When its all cooked and soft, use an egg beater to stir the until it becomes watery .


1) Take the cooked maize drain all water and mix the maize with the cooked yellow melon, mix the two into a big pot that will accommodate both.
2) Add some sugar to taste 250g of sugar
3) Put the mixture back on the fire and let it blend and mix until it is done for just 15 minutes

Serve hot.

Recipe by Africanmenu

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