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Malawian Nsima (Cornmeal Porridge)

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Malawian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author International Cuisine


  • 3 Cups water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 1/2 cups cornmeal


  • Boil the 3 cups of water in a saucepan.
  • In a bowl, make a paste using part of the cornmeal and all the cold water.
  • Add the paste to the boiling water
  • Stir with a spoon until the mixture has a thick porridge like texture.
  • Cover the saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Turn heat to the lowest setting, remove the lid and gradually add the rest of the cornmeal, stirring constantly.
  • Continue until the mixture thickens to the desired consistency.
  • Cover and cook on lowest heat for another 5 minutes.
  • Stir before serving and shape as desired.