Pap and nyma ye huku

Zimbabwean maize porridge with meat.


  1. Boil 700 ml of water in a large pot and add 300 g of maize porridge with the remaining water.

  2. As you add water and maize porridge, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon.

  3. Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes, adding the remaining maize porridge.

  4. When the mixture becomes firm and it starts to peel off from the pan, transfer it to a serving plate and press with a wooden spoon to form a sphere or other shape as desired.

  5. Start the goulash with the preparation of tomato sauce. Line a deeper pan with olive oil and heat on a high flame.

  6. Sauté ginger for 30 seconds. Add the onion and continue to fry.

  7. Add crushed chili pepper and chili powder so that the onion turns red.

  8. Continue to fry while adding black pepper and salt. Add dry parsley to the pan.

  9. Turn up the heat and slowly add small amounts of sliced tomatoes making sure that the mixture in the pan is boiling all the time.

  10. When you have added all the tomato, making sure that the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to medium power and allow to cook for about ten minutes.

  11. Add some more chili powder and stir.

  12. After 5 minutes, reduce the heat and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring and crushing tomatoes.

  13. Turn off the heat and cover the pan.

  14. Heat the oil to the maximum in a frying pan, then add pieces of chicken and fry until they become brownish.

  15. When done, add the pieces of chicken into tomato sauce and cook on the lowest temperature for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  16. Pour the chicken stew - nyma ye huku - over the maize porridge.

  • Ingreedients: 13
  • Number of persons: 4
  • Non-available ingredients
  • This recipe has been published in the cookbook Taste of Home.


  • 460 g maize porridge
  • 1 l water
  • 900 g boneless chicken breast or fine beef cut into pieces
  • 1,5 kg chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bunch spring onions, chopped
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped into small pieces
  • a small piece of ginger root, peeled and finely sliced
  • crushed chilli pepper
  • 1 spoon black pepper
  • 1 spoon chili powder
  • 1 spoon salt
  • ½ spoon dried parsley
  • olive oil

About author

Alfred usually ate pap for breakfast with his family. Pap or sadza is a traditional maize meal, usually served with vegetables and meat. His favourite dish was prepared by his mom, but he knows how to make it because it’s very simple. His mother is his favourite chef. Alfred came to Croatia few years ago, when he was 27, leaving the family, an older sister and a younger brother. He applied for asylum in Croatia, but was turned down. He then applied for asylum in Slovenia and now lives there. In Croatia, he stayed in the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers in Kutina. He liked to eat rice in the Reception Centre.


About country


The Republic of Zimbabwe or simply Zimbabwe is a beautiful landlocked country located in the southern part of Africa. Capital city is Harare, and the most famous attraction of the country are Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe has approximately 12.5 million inhabitants, mostly in rural areas, where they engage in subsistence agriculture and cattle breading that barely covers their needs. Although not as culturally diverse as majority of African countries, Zimbabwe has several ethnic and racial groups, among which the dominant Shona people, which represent 82% of the total population. The most prevalent religious form is syncretic religion (a hybrid of Christian and indigenous beliefs). The area of present-day Zimbabwe is inhabited for over 2000 years. Since 1965, the country was under the leadership of Rhodesia, unilaterally declared state with the ruling white minority. It achieved independence in 1980.
Although the country is rich in natural resources like gold, coal, iron, etc., and has a very high literacy rate (about 75%), the unemployment rate is around 92%, so most Zimbabweans now live below the poverty line. The quality of the education system is low, upon completion of their education people are poorly qualified and there are no job opportunities. There is a great problem of AIDS. Despite various campaigns to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, more than a million people are infected. Along with HIV, malaria, rabies, bacterial diarrhoea and parasitic diseases are killing people all over Zimbabwe in the 21st century.

Zimbabwe today is one of the countries where human rights are almost nonexistent. There are frequent attacks on the media, activists and human rights defenders and political opponents. The right of assembly and protest are not respected. The government systematically violates the rights to shelter, food, freedom of movement and residence, and the protection of legal rights and freedoms. Big problem is the poverty due to which many residents left for South Africa and Botswana, seeking better economic opportunities.

The biggest problems that Zimbabwe is facing are poor leadership and high rate of corruption. President Robert Mugabe, who has led the country for more than 25 years, is considered one of the worst leaders of state ever. The population is living in extreme poverty and hunger, and “big” Mugabe does not care for the betterment of Zimbabwe and its people. His government is blamed for the economic problems in the country, and he has been criticised for the policy of seizure of white farmers’ land and violence against people who disagree with the way he runs the country.

Nearly 22 per thousand inhabitants per year leave Zimbabwe.