A popular dish from Kenya in East Africa is sukuma wiki, which is made by combining greens, onions, and cream to create a tasty and easy-to-make meal. The name of the dish, sukuma wiki, means to push or extend the week, as it is a budget-friendly option that can feed a family even when meat is not available. This dish is a great example of a “poor man’s meal” that is loved for its simplicity and delicious flavor by those who live in the region.
Sukuma wiki means to push or extend the week. It’s a flavorful mix of hearty greens with enough oomph and flavor to carry a meal, even if the budget for meat has run out.
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 medium (or 1 large) red onions, finely diced
1pound kale, shredded into thin strips, toughest bits of stems discarded
Salt to taste
1cup heavy cream (also called heavy whipping cream) or double cream (do not substitute with whole milk)
Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
Add the shredded kale to the onions and mix well. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove the lid, add salt to taste, and stir in the cream. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. The cream will thicken slightly, making for a deliciously rich creamed kale and onions. Yumm!
Serve it up with your favorite Kenyan stew, and a side of ugali!
Looking for more Kenyan recipes to go with your sukuma wiki? Hop over to our recipes for Kenyan Beef Curry (a wonderfully savory Kenyan stew) and Kenyan Ugali (a firm cornmeal dish perfect for sopping up the juices from beef curry or scooping up bites of sukuma wiki)!