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A legacy of the Indian community of Zimbabwe, samosas have become one of the country’s favourite snacks. Crunchy pastry is stuff with curried vegetables and meat, before being deep-fried and served with a yoghurt dressing. Pick up a few samosas at Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant at Victoria Falls.
If you’re keen to try African game dishes, tagine blesbok is hard to beat. This antelope dish is slow cooked in a tagine, alongside local vegetables and grains. Tender, juicy and seriously succulent, this dish from the Palm Restaurant will leave you wanting more.
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.
One of the more traditional meals in Zimbabwe, nhedzi is a rich soup made from wild, local mushrooms. While it’s hard to find in big cities, you’re in luck at Victoria Falls: Nam Took Restaurant does a great rendition of this homemade favourite.
One of the heartier Zimbabwean dishes, nyama is a delicious beef stew. Chunks of beef, vegetables and spices are slow-cooked in a broth until tender. Often served with sadza and bread, nyama is a local favourite. Try it at the Boma Dinner & Drum Show at Victoria Falls.