M is for Malawi: Nsima & Ndiwo (Polenta Cakes with Wilted Kale)

Nsima & Ndiwo.  It sounds really exotic, but in more common terms it's polenta cakes with wilted kale.  Gluten free and vegan goodness.

Nsima & Ndiwo. It sounds really exotic, but in more common terms it’s polenta cakes with wilted kale. Gluten free and vegan goodness.

I know I’m in for a rough Cooking Around the World when I can’t instinctively place the country on the globe.  That was the case for Malawi.  I mean, I narrowed it down to either the South Pacific or Africa, but I really wasn’t sure which.  Turns out it’s Africa.  Who knew?

Anyway, this was by far one of the more difficult countries to research.  While there is information on the country itself, facts about their cuisine were few and far between.  From what I could find, the bulk of their meals are the same: nsima and ndiwo.  For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they eat cornmeal/maize (nsima) with some sort of relish (ndiwo).  The hot nsima is placed on a cold dish, which solidifies it.  The ndiwo is then placed on top, and the entire thing is eaten by hand.

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