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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 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.

Botswana - Morogo, leafy plant-based stew.

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