I have started including African recipes in my blog, the first I did was Tanzanian Pilau and for this next recipe we’re travelling to my current home, Botswana! Botswana has lovely cuisine, the most intriguing being Mmopane worms which ashamedly so I haven’t got the guts to try.
However, though it is really simple, my favorite food here is dumplings or madombi. I can’t get enough of them!!! It’s basically a bread that you eat with a stew and vegetables of your choice. In my 4 years of University, my favorite meal at the cafeteria consisted of 2 giant madombi, chicken stew, squash and cabbage. I made sure I never missed that meal!
Over the Christmas holidays my mother taught me how to make them and they are super easy! Total time spent making them including preparation time is just under an hour. 30 minutes of that is spent waiting for the dough to rise, 20 minutes of cooking time and the remaining 5-10 minutes is where you actually need to do something.
There are of course many different variations in terms of ingredients and cooking methods however this simple recipe is the one that was passed on to my mother.
Ingredients (Makes 4 big dumplings)
- 500g flour (I used cake flour however I’m sure bread flour is fine too)
- Half a packet of yeast
- About a cup or so of lukewarm water
- Extra flour for kneeding
- Sift the flour and yeast into a bowl.
- Gradually add water and combine with your hands to form a dough. Only add enough water to form the dough.
- Kneed the dough for about 5 minutes till it’s soft and pliable.
- Put aside in a bowl covered with a damp cloth and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
- Separate dough into 4 equal size pieces and kneed into balls.
- In a large pot (ideally a non stick one), put a little oil and one cup of water and bring to boil.
- Add the dumplings making sure they don’t touch each other.
- Cover the pot and let them cook on medium to low heat for 20 minutes. Check water level regularly, if the water evaporates before the 20 minutes elapses, add another half cup.
- Remove and serve warm with a stew and veggies.
We had ours with chicken liver stew and spinach, to die for! Beware, this meal is VERY filling, eat when extremely hungry! If you’d like a more challenging recipe, try this dumplings/madombi recipe by Idah on Cooking.com.