Sadza is an African staple eaten throughout Africa. It may be known by other names such as ugali, nshima, pap and phaleche amongst other names. However, what makes this the king of meals is the stew, sauce, or soup that is served alongside it. It is normally paired with meat and gravy or a stew, and collard greens or spinach relish. Pictured is sadza, oxtail stew, and wilted spinach, and eating with your hands is a finger-licking must-try experience.


  1. Bring about cups of water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Combine 1½ cups of mealie meal with the remaining 1 cup water.
  3. Reduce heat to medium to low and add the mealie meal mixture to the boiling water, continually stirring with a wooden spoon until it starts bubbling or simmering. Let Cook for about 10-15 minutes
  4. After 10-15minutes start adding the remaining 1 cup of mealie meal mixing well (kumona) with the wooden spoon (mugoti)
  5. The mixture should be smooth, slightly shiny, and then once done. Reduce heat to the lowest, then replace the lid and leave to simmer until it starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Mix again with a wooden spoon then transfer to a serving bowl or plate.
  6. Use a wooden spoon to shape the mixture into a round shape.