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Maize Porridge (Nsima) Recipe

Nsima is a thick maize porridge and is the staple food of Malawi. It is used to scoop up ndiwo, which is a relish primarily made with leafy greens.

Adapted from Friends of Malawi recipes.

Prep: 1 minute | Cook: 3-5 minutes | Serves: 1 serving per cup of cornmeal or flour

Nsima Recipe, cornmeal


  • 1 cups white cornmeal, corn flour or ground maize (I used white cornmeal)
  • 2 1/2 cups of water to each cup of cornmeal or flour


  1. Heat the desired amount of water in a large pot until lukewarm. Add half the cornmeal to the water a spoonful at a time, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon. Continue cooking and stirring until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Over medium heat, add the rest of the cornmeal, sprinkling it on top by the spoonful while continuously stirring until thick and smooth. Once desired consistency is reached, turn off the heat, cover and allow to stand for a few minutes before serving.
  3. With clean hands, form the nsima into patties. Tear off pieces and use it to scoop up the ndiwo.

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