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Much like Tanzanian ugali, sadza is Zimbabwe’s answer to polenta. Made using cornmeal that is boiled into a soft, mashed potato-like consistency, sadza is a staple of Zimbabwean cuisine. Cooked on its own or with a peanut sauce, you can try sadza at the Boma Dinner & Drum Show at Victoria Falls.
Quintessentially Zimbabwean, dovi is one of the most beloved dishes of the country. This peanut stew is made using crushed peanuts, onions, garlic carrot, okra, tomato and meat. Brewed together using a delicious stock, you can pick up some amazing dovi at Amanzi Restaurant in Harare.
One of the more traditional meals in Zimbabwe, nhedzi is a rich soup made from wild, local mushrooms. Simple and delicious, while it’s usually hard to find this dish in restaurants, Organikks Restaurant in Harare does an amazing rendition of this local favourite.
Zimbabweans love a barbeque, and that means one thing: nyama choma. A staple of African cuisine, nyama choma refers to grilled meat. Chunks of beef, chicken and Boerwors are marinated and slow-cooked over a smokey fire. Gavas Restaurant in Harare does some of the best nyama choma in Zimbabwe.
A childhood favourite of all Zimbabweans, mapopo is a papaya candy. Similar in appearance and texture to Turkish delight, strips of papaya, mint and lemon are dissolved into a sugar syrup, before being cooled, re-heated and formed into soft cubes. Try this sweet treat at any supermarket in Zimbabwe.