Ifisashi (Spinach-Peanut Cury)

Z for Zambia. The culmination of our world tour is here in this southern African, land locked  country, Zambia!! I hope this world tour offered a glimpse into the various cuisines of the world. 

After cris-crossing the world, lets settle down with a homey kind of a curry which is a staple in Zambia. Apparently, this curry is usually accompanied by a dish called Nshima. It is a corn flour, cooked in water and shaped like torpedos (oval shape) and they form a very important part of their meal. Since I was not sure we could appreciate it, I went ahead and served it with rice and roti!

Stay tuned for a round up of the tour in the next post!

Ifisashi (Spinach-Peanut Cury)

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Onions, chopped 1/2 cup
Spinach, chopped 2 cups
Peanuts, roasted 1/4 cup
Pumpkin, chopped about 1 cup
Tomato 1 nos or Tomato paste 1 Tbsp
Salt and Pepper (I used Red Chilli Powder instead of pepper) as needed
Peanut Oil 2 tsp (I used Olive Oil)

Ifisashi (Spinach-Peanut Cury)

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add oil and saute the onions until they are golden brown.

Add the chopped tomato or tomato paste with some water. Let the mixture cook for a couple of minutes.

Add in the peanuts, spinach and pumpkin. Cover and let it cook for about 6-7 minutes.

Check for the done-ness of the pumpkin and add salt and pepper as needed.

Let the mixture simmer for a few more minutes until there is no moisture left.

Remove and serve it hot/warm with rice or roti.

Preparation Time 15 min
Serves 3


  1. The spinach should taste good. .love the peanuts in it..looks very colorful.
    It was a pleasure running the marathon with you ..we got some amazing new dishes. Great job Harini.

  2. Not a fan of pumpkin but everything else sounds really yummy! Nice recipe.

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Spinach and peanuts combo sounds different and very interesting.. Fabulous curry definitely.

  5. I wasn't sure I would like n'shima but it wasn't bad. It did not have any taste but went well with the side dish. Isn't it interesting that these curries are so similar to Indian curries only the difference is we don't add peanuts to leafy vegetables, at least I am not used to it.

  6. Srivalli Says:
  7. That looks much like our own curry Harini, very nice one..It was fun checking out all your month long creations..Kudos on a great job done.

  8. the curry looks very nice, it was on my to do plan, but dropped because i had no time on hand...

  9. Suma Gandlur Says:
  10. The addition of chili powder makes it more suitable for our Indian palates.
    The peanuts make the simple dish more interesting and more nutritious.
    It was a pleasure as usual running with you in the marathon.
    Looking forward for tomorrow's post. :)

  11. Archana Says:
  12. Even I was not sure we will like namish but the addition of peanuts surprised me. Like you said its in most of their curries.
    I lobe your spinach and peanuts gravy. Its yum.
    I have loved this series and enjoyed running it with you. Thanks for being there.

  13. Pavani Says:
  14. That is a healthy & delicious curry. Spinach & pumpkin combination sounds interesting.

  15. I have never tried curries with peanuts. This looks very nice. I enjoyed all your posts in this series...

  16. Padmajha Says:
  17. Love all the elements in this curry and have bookmarked it. It was a pleasure running this marathon with you Harini :)

  18. Unknown Says:
  19. Yummy Curry.. I made the same for Z.

  20. Unknown Says:
  21. wow such an delicious combo and love the peanuts in this curry :) looks yummy !! It was an awesome food trail for A-Z mega marathon at your place :)

  22. what a great combo of ingredients

  23. Peanuts with spinach sounds delicious. Nice recipe to end the series..

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