Here is a Kenyan fact for you. Sukuma Wiki means ‘push the week‘ and came about when people could not afford to buy meat everyday. They would eat vegetables, especially Kale, to ‘push the week’ forward to Sunday, the one day of the week that they would eat meat.
So in honor of Hump Day, a.k.a. Wednesday, let us push the week forward with a recipe for Sukuma Wiki. You can also come into the restaurant and get your sukuma wiki, ugali and nyama of the day washed down with a Tusker, Fanta Orange, or Mango Lassi–absolutely refreshing!
Sukuma Wiki Recipe (4 to 6 portions)
Oil or fat — 3 tablespoons
Onion, chopped or minced — 1
Kale or collard greens, destemmed and finely chopped — 2 pounds
Tomatoes, chopped — 2 cups
Water or stock — 1 cup
Salt and pepper — to taste
–Heat the oil or fat over medium-high flame in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the greens in batches, sautéing each addition until wilted.
–Add the tomatoes, water or stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer gently until tender, from 20 to 30 minutes.
— Adjust seasoning and serve with a little bit of the broth.
— Add a chopped chili pepper or two with the onions if you like.
— Some recipes call for thickening the dish with a flour-lemon juice mixture. Here’s how: mix 2 tablespoons of flour well with the juice of 1 lemon and a little water. Stir into the greens after they have been simmering for about 10 minutes. Continue simmering for another 15 to 20 minutes until the dish is slightly thickened.
— If you like, add some leftover meat for more flavor. Kenyans would most likely use goat or beef.
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