Sukuma wiki is a delicious East African dish, made with a fragrant and delightful combination of collard greens, tomatoes, and spices. Serve it with low carb fufu or cauliflower rice for a delectable low carb dinner!
If you do not like collard greens, this will make a believer out of you. I did not grow up eating collard greens as it is not common in Nigeria, so I struggled with it the first time I had it.
But I became hooked the first time I tasted this Kenyan delicacy, and I think you will too. Sukuma wiki is made with readily available ingredients and is so easy to make.
You won’t be able to resist its delicious, robust flavor!
Sukuma wiki is the Swahili name for collard greens. The literal translation means to ‘stretch the week’ or ‘push the week.’
Sukuma wiki is a staple in many East African countries like Kenya, Burundi, and Tanzania. Collard greens are available all year round in these regions, which makes them easily affordable.
Collard greens are very healthy for you and contain numerous health benefits. Some of them include:
- It improves digestion and reduces constipation due to its high fiber content.
- Its high vitamin A and C content helps keep your hair moisturized and build collagen for your skin.
- Collard greens contain choline, which helps with sleep, memory functions and improves your mood.
- It also has a high vitamin K content which helps with bone health and reduces osteoporosis.
Collard greens: I use collard greens, but you can also substitute with kale.
Tomatoes and onions: These vegetables, when sautéed, add a lot o flavor to the collard greens.
Beef (optional): The traditional sukuma wiki does not call for meat, but I wanted to add a bit more protein to my dish. You can omit this since it is optional.
Spices: I use cayenne pepper, bouillon, black pepper, and salt. For bouillon, I use the powder form, but you can use cubes instead. The popular brand in Kenya is known as Royco seasoning. You can also use Maggi cubes (which is popular in West Africa). If you don’t have bouillon, you can leave it out or use your favorite spice.
Olive oil: Used to sauté the vegetables.
If you are going to use beef, cook it separately. To prepare the meat, cut it into smaller pieces, add some salt and pepper and boil till tender. This will take about 30 – 40 minutes.
I did not include the time to make the beef because it is optional, and you need to have it already prepared if you want to add it.
Chop the onions and tomatoes and set aside. Chop the collard greens and wash in a colander under running water.
Sauté onions in olive oil on medium heat. When translucent, add the chopped tomatoes and stir for about 2 minutes.
Add all your spices – cayenne pepper, bouillon, salt, and black pepper. If you want to use beef or any other protein, add it now and stir.
Let it cook for 5-10 minutes on medium-low heat. Keep an eye on it, so it does not burn.