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Ndole (Bitterleaf soup)

Recipe from: 1 june 2010

Ingredients 10
Servings 4
Time 5 mins


  • 500
    dried bitterleaf (if you can’t find it in your area, substitute it with spinach, kale, collards, or
  • 500
    dried bitterleaf (if you can’t find it in your area, substitute it with spinach, kale, collards, or
  • 250
    natural peanut butter – in other words, not sweetened.
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 500
  • 2
    fresh ginger, grated
  • 2
    garlic, crushed
  • 6
    large sweet fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3
    vegetable oil – or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


30 mins
If using greens other than bitterleaf, skip this step – soak the bitterleaf overnight; drain in the morning and press out the excess water.

If using kale, collards, or turnip greens, wash the greens, chop them, and cook them in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes.

If using spinach, wash the leaves well, rinse properly and then chop the spinach.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large pot and add the onions, the garlic and the ginger and sauté for a few minutes until the onions are translucent.

Add the chopped tomatoes, reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes before adding the greens and then simmering again for about another 5 minutes.
Now add the peanut butter, stirring well to combine everything – cover the pot and continue simmering until greens are tender, about 10 – 15 minutes – if the mixture is a little dry, add some of the water, a little at a time.

Cut shrimp into smallish pieces and simmer them until they are just cooked,add the spinach and check and correct the seasoning.

Serve with rice or boiled plantains and fufu.

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