Traditional Swazi Food

Sishwala is thick porridge, served with relish of vegetables, pumpkin tops or meat

Incwancwa is sour porridge made out of fermented maize meal

Sitfubi is boiled fresh milk mixed with maize meal

Siphuphe setindlubu is porridge thickened with mashed, boiled peanuts

Emasi etinkhobe temmbila is ground up maize kernels mixed with sour milk, not to be confused with…

Emasi emabele which is made from ground sorghum

Sidvudvu is pumpkin porridge with maize meal

Umncweba is biltong, dried (uncooked) seasoned strips of beef

Umkhunsu is meat which has been cooked, then dried

Siphuphe semabhontjisi is mashed bean porridge

Tinkhobe is boiled corn on the cob

Umbidvo wetintsanga is cooked pumpkin leaves with peanuts

Tjwala is traditional sorghum beer

I had rump steak (grilled) and chips tonight, with lettuce and carrot salad for my evening meal. Who can blame me?

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.


  1. Shared blog with Zimbabwean friend of mine. We just had yellow semolina and beans. I love pumpkin leaves and peanuts and peanut butter porridge .. I.e. Semolina is the bees knees!

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