- 1 cup cold water
- 3 cups hot water
- 2 to 3 cups corn meal
- Boil 2 cups water in a saucepan.
- Make a paste, mixing one cup of the meal with one cup of cold water. Add the paste to boiling water.
- Stir with a wooden spoon until thickened like porridge. Cover the saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Lower the heat a little. Remove the lid and gradually add remaining corn meal, stirring constantly and flattening any lumps that may form.
- Continue to add meal and stir until nsima thickens to the desired consistency (some people like it thin, and others prefer it thick).
- Cover and reduce heat to very low. Cook about 5 more minutes minutes to allow further cooking.
- Stir the nsima once again and serve in a slightly wet serving dish (to prevent sticking).
- Cover to keep warm. Serve with meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables.
This dish is a staple food in Zambia and many other African countries. Staples are foods that are eaten regularly, often daily or with every meal. In Africa, nsima is usually eaten alongside a soup or sauce.
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