Pumpkin pap is called Sidvudvu in SiSwati. Pap is usually just made with maize or sorghum but this one is made with the inclusion of pumpkin. Generally speaking pap is used as a filler and served alongside stews and sauces to complete a meal. This pumpkin pap or sidvudvu was served alongside ostrich in cream sauce and it was wonderful. The pumpkin added a bit of sweetness to the normally bland pap. A lovely side dish.
Many of the people in eSwatini live on subsistence farming. If you don’t have pumpkin or it is not in season you could certainly use a sweet potato. Pumpkin pap is just one of the delicious recipes we had during our eSwatini meal. It is truly super easy to make. You may also enjoy the slaai and the mealie bread as well.
Have you ever heard of the tiny nation of eSwatini formerly known as Swaziland? It is a landlocked country in Southern Africa and is the only absolute monarchy left on the continent. Royals, of which there are many, as the King is known to have many wives, and thus children. Royals are easily identified as they are the only ones who are allowed to wear red feathers from the Lourie bird.
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- 1 small Pumpkin Peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup ground maize
- 2 +/- cups water
- In a large pot combine the pumpkin and ground maize. Add in enough water to cover the pumpkin. Bring to a boil
- Boil for about 30 minutes add more water if necessary. Cook until the pumpkin is tender.
- Drain off any access liquid.
- Mash the cooked pumpkin and ground maize together, serve warm.