Zambian Staple food

Here are some tips for making nshima:

  • Use fine-ground maize meal for the best results.
  • Make sure the water is boiling before you add the maize meal. This will help to prevent lumps.
  • Stir the nshima constantly while it is cooking. This will also help to prevent lumps.
  • Don’t overcook the nshima. It should be cooked through but still have a slightly soft texture.
  • Serve the nshima immediately with your favorite relish.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup maize meal
  • Salt to taste


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Slowly add the maize meal, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the nshima is cooked through and has a thick, porridge-like consistency.
  4. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Serve hot with your favorite relish.


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