Angola - Kizaka
Updated: Feb 8, 2022
A super tasty and heavy greens plant-based stew
Aneri's note: I have not been to Angola, but fun fact -did you know it’s capital Luanda is the most expensive place to live in the world? One of my friends has visited Angola...as part of a mountaineering expedition. Angola is clearly full of surprises!
Difficulty level (1-10): 4
Kizaka is a healthy, and authentic plant-based dish that is also wildly popular in Angola. I found cassava leaves at a local African grocer, but chopped spinach would also make a good substitute.
Vegetable oil - 1 tsp
Onion - 1, diced
Cassava leaves (or chopped collard greens, kale, or spinach) - 1 lb
Peanut powder- 1 cup (or 1/2 cup peanut butter)
Garlic - 3 cloves minced
Ginger - 1 cube inch, minced
Vegetable broth - 1 cup (bouillon cube recommended)
Tomatoes - 3 chopped
Salt and pepper
Red pepper flakes - to taste
Rice - 2 cups, cooked
1. Cook the greens in boiling water and broth until tender in a big pot. (If using spinach, omit this step).
2. In frying pan, sauté the onions until clear, add garlic and ginger until soft and aromatic.
3. Add tomatoes and cook until tender
4. Add peanut powder/butter and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
5. Combine with the greens (or stir in the chopped spinach and broth) and mix with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
6. Serve with rice!
This dish was inspired by Food Goodness & Angola Rising
Want to try similar dishes from the African continent? Check them out below!
Republic of Congo - Saka Saka, another greens based stew.
Central African Republic - Spinach Stew, also peanut flavored.
Botswana - Morogo, leafy plant-based stew.