Sadza is a staple dish in Zimbabwe. It is also known as pap in South Africa, nsima in Malawi and ugali in Kenya and Tanzania. No matter what you call it, it’s good.
This recipe for grilled sadza squares comes from the cookbook ‘Zhoozsh! Faking it‘ by Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield. You can easily find this or another of their fun cookbooks during your travels in southern Africa if you connect via Johannesburg.
This would go wonderfully with grilled meat, or you could serve it with a chunky fresh tomato sauce on top. You could also top with herbs and cheese. You’ll find it can go with most anything!
Grilled Sadza Squares
Boil 1 quart water. Add 2 cups coarsely ground cornmeal/polenta, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp turmeric. Cook gently for 20 minutes, stirring often.
Grease a large baking sheet. Spoon on the pap (cornmeal) mix and press flat to about 1/2 inch thick. Melt 4 tbsp butter and brush it on top of the mix.
Place under the broiler until crisp and golden. Cut into squares and serve.