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Chikanda is a food that is cooked from a tuber, the size of small potatoes, found in the wild.
It is cooked with peanut powder and spices. In rural Zambia it is eaten with the nshima meal.
In urban Zambia it is sold at markets eaten normally as a dessert or snack. The result is a
delicious Chikanda sandwich to which you can add the usual optional Cheese, Onion, or lettuce.
This is a vegetarian's delight and dream.
chinaka Should be "Chikanda"
Both names are valid. "Chinaka" is eastern province while "chikanda" is the original Bemba name.
Pour two cups of water into a medium sized pot. Place on medium heat for two minutes. Add half a teaspoon
baking soda, half a teaspoon salt, and quarter of a teaspoon red pepper. Stir until well dissolved. Add two
cups ground Chinaka and one cup of raw peanut powder and stir slowly until thoroughly mixed. Contents will
gradually boil, thicken, and sputter. Cover, lower heat, and cautiously stir every three to five minutes.
Simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove from range and immediately empty the solid Chinaka on to a platter.
Smooth the top of the chinaka with the back of a large spoon. Chinaka will thicken as it cools down. The chinaka
should have the look of a large unsliced bologna. When cold, cut the chinaka into desired slices to be served
as delicious sandwich cuts or served and eaten with other meals. Traditionally chinaka is eaten as dende,
ndiwo or relish with the nshima Zambian staple food.