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Choose pumpkin leaves that are young, yet fully developed, or substitute spinach, pigweed, kale, Swiss chard or other greens. Serve with cabbage and tomato sauce or Nshimba for a Zambian-style feast. May also serve with rice.

  • Serves 5 – 6



  1. Rinse well, devein, and chop the pumpkin leaves.
  2. Cook in 2 cups water (500 ml) 5 minutes.
  3. Add onion and tomato and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add peanuts and cook over low-medium heat about 15 minutes.
  5. Stirring often to avoid sticking.
  6. Add more water if necessary.
  7. Just before serving, drain any excess water and add margarine and salt.


  1. Use frozen greens instead of fresh.
  2. Substitute ¾ cup chunky peanut butter (175 ml) for ground peanuts.