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  • Writer's pictureAngela, Digital Chef, Africa Analyst

Collard Greens - Kenyan Sukumawiki

Recipe Name: Sukumawiki

Subtitle: kale/ collard greens

Culture: Kenya

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Recipe story:

Sukamawiki is a healthy and economical braised collard greens full of flavor and spice. It is a popular food in Kenya.


· 1 bunch of kale or collard greens

· 1-2 cups of chopped beef or chicken

· 3 medium diced tomatoes

· 1-2 teaspoon of minced garlic

· 1 large white onion

· 2 or more tablespoons canola or cooking oil.

· 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika

· ½ teaspoon coriander

· ½ teaspoon curry or turmeric spice

· ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or more

· ½ juiced lemon about 1 tablespoon.

· Tablespoon of bullion powder or cube.


  1. In a medium large skillet, add oil, onions and garlic and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent any burns.

  2. Then add tomatoes, curry, coriander and paprika, and continue stirring with a heavy wooden spoon, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add minced meat, bullion powder; stir until ingredients have been thoroughly combined. Simmer for about 5 minutes or more.

  4. Throw in chopped collards, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes until flavors have blend and greens are cooked, according to preference. Adjust seasonings-salt and pepper, turn off the heat.

  5. Remove from Heat and let it cool. Serve with ugali.

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