Sukuma Wiki

(4 servings)

Sukuma Wiki is Swahili for ‘push the week’ and refers to a meal on a budget. It is usually made from leftovers and can include meat.


  • 1 kg spinach, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Oil for frying
  • One chopped onion
  • Two-three chopped tomatoes
  • One chilly
  • Leftover cooked chicken
  • Salt, chilly powder and pepper to taste

Preparation guide

  • Boil two cups of water in a large pot. Add the greens. Cover with a lid and steam until greens are tender.
  • Mix the flour, lemon juice, and few spoonfuls of water in a small bowl or cup. Stir until smooth.
  • Remove greens from heat and drain.
  • Heat oil in a separate pan. Saute the onion, tomatoes, and hot pepper.
  • Add spices to taste, then add the meat.
  • Add the flour-lemon juice mixture and stir until smooth. Add drained greens. Cover and simmer over low heat until greens are tender and sauce is thickened.

Health benefit: Spinach is rich in vitamin A, C, and K and the minerals magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. All these contribute to promoting good bone health.

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