Now this is definitely one of our all time favorite traditional Zimbabwean snack. Generally this snack used to be done with people sitting around the fire, enjoying each other’s company. The two ingredients would be roasted mugango
(a specialized heavy base roasting pan suitable for this as well as plain salted maputi
and salted nzungu snacks
) on an open fire with the flame- for the skilled ones. Alternatively, the snack could be prepared using hot charcoal both methods still producing the same result. However today, urbanites can still enjoy this snack by preparing it over the stove top. It just won’t be having the nostalgic smoked effect. Let’s get to it.
Resources/Equipment You Will Need
- Heavy base pan
- Wooden spoon
- Get your dried mealie pips (1 1/2 cups) and peanuts ready.
- Put dried mealie pips in heavy base pan.
- Roast until golden brown, stirring occasionally with the wooden spoon.
- Add peanuts (1 1/2 cups). Roast until they have a ‘charred’ look on them. Stir continuously to achieve this effect without burning the peanuts. (The peanuts will be receiving heat from the stove top as well as the mealie pips in the pan. So it’s important to keep stirring until they are roasted so that you don’t burn them.)
Pictorial Detailed Instructions
Get your dried mealie pips and peanuts ready. TIP: some may find the mealie pips a bit to hard to contend with. To achieve an easy going softer effect on your chewing soak them overnight or at least for some hours prior to doing the recipe.
Put dried (or soaked) mealie pips in heavy base pan. We start with this ingredient because it requires a bit longer time to get there before we need to add the peanuts.
Roast until golden brown, stirring occasionally with your wooden spoon.
Add shelled groundnuts. Roast until they have a ‘charred’ look on them. Stir continuously to achieve this effect without burning the peanuts. (The peanuts will be receiving heat from the stove top as well as the mealie pips in the pan. So it’s important to keep stirring until they are roasted so that you don’t burn them.)
Pretty easy right? Go ahead and try them out. This is a quite filling snack too. Let me know how it goes in the comments below when you try it out. If you know a different method of preparing this snack please go right ahead and share in the comments box below. Don’t forget to sign-up to receive new recipe alerts by email here.