Friday, February 25, 2011

Kenyan "Sukuma Wiki" With Collard Greens

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Isn't the name catchy? The Swahili phrase "Sukuma Wiki" translates to "push the week" -- what's really being pushed is the family food budget. What a cool name for a terrific dish!

After getting bored of eating Collards in the same way, which is the "sauteed way", I decided it was time for me to try something new. Upon googling I came across this dish here, a couple of years ago...According to the Congo Cookbook, any leftover meat/ground meat/fish/finely cut veggies can be introduced to add body. I like it best with ground meat in it and usually have it with Paratha or any flatbread. Ahh, what a tasty,filling and a versatile side-dish, not to mention healthy!!

  • 7 Cups Finely-cut  and firmly-packed Collard Greens
  • 1-1/2 Cups Ground Meat of Choice (Chicken/Turkey/Pork/Beef, I used "Lean Ground Turkey")
  • 3 Roma Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper or more
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt for Taste
  • Clean the Collards in several changes of water. Drain on paper towels and cut it into thin strips. Set aside 7 firmly packed cups of cut collards and save the rest.
  • In a pan, heat 3 Tbsp Olive oil and add the chopped onions plus the garlic.Fry till the onions are browned.
  • Add the ground meat to the pan. Mash, stir and turn until the meat gets broken-up. Keep going until the pink meat turns to brown. (Takes about 4-5 minutes for the meat to brown).
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, coriander powder, turmeric powder and cracked black pepper.
  • Sprinkle salt along with 2-3 tbsp of water, stir to incorporate and lid the pan.Cook for 7-8 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add the Collards and cook for 5 more minutes. Add more salt and pepper if needed and switch off the stove.
  • Serve warm with any flat-bread of choice or white/brown rice.
Makes 4-5 medium servings.

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  1. This stir fry sounds absolutely marvellous, never tried making this sort combo..meat with collard greens,can imagine how tasty this combo will be..

  2. all the greens makes it healthy and meat for the protein!...the dish looks awesome, I will surely take it with rotis...

  3. delicious combination looks wonderful and yummy

  4. This dish also very nice, just like the name. Awesome!

  5. Sakuma Wiki looks so yummy as well as healthy. Wonderful recipe from Africa.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. lassie..u certainly are a pro at coming up with and cooking stuff i have not even heard of :)
    i think this tops the list..looks so very healthy.
    btw kokum is like a dry tamarind..almost the same properties..

  7. This is a very popular dish in Kenya!! Not eaten the meat version as I am a vegetarian. The veggie version is healthy too!

  8. Interesting recipe! Loved the combo of meat and greens..

  9. First time here, happy to see so many wonderful dishes. Happy following you

  10. This is truly a well-balanced meal with protein, greens more vegetables and wonderful spices. I'm looking forward to making this.

  11. Glad to see you back with awesome posts again..:D
    innovative n healthy your perfect step by step recipe..
    Tasty appetite

  12. Collard greens curry looks delicious. glad you are back.

  13. Definitely a catchy name :-)Quite healthy meal with parathas..

  14. Love the collard greens and anything in this love it..looks too good and tempting.

  15. What a fun name for a fun dish! Looks delicious.

  16. I've heard a lot about this dish from kenyan friends, but even thought I lived in Africa most of my life, never tried it even once. Always saw the veg version of this, interesting that it has meat as well, that should be a good combo :-)


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