Peanut Butter Porridge – Bota une dovi Recipe

Peanut Butter Porridge – Bota une dovi is one of Zimbabwe’s most well-known breakfast dishes. With a preparation time of 20 minutes, for 3 to 4 servings, this cornmeal dish is a delicious and filling one.

In the Shona language, one of the official Zimbabwean languages, cornmeal is known as “upfu” and is an essential ingredient in the preparation of porridge, known as “bota”. The thicker version of this porridge is known as “sadza”.

This dish is not indigenous to Zimbabwe, but is also known to be served in other Southern African nations such as Botswana and South Africa, typically known as “motogo” or “umdoko”.

Bota une dovi is usually made with unsweetened peanut butter, which gives the porridge a nutty flavour and also adds a protein element to the dish.

What do I need to make Bota une dovi?

  • 4 – 5 cups of water
  • 1 cup white cornmeal
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Peanut butter and sugar (to serve)

How to prepare:

Add 1 cup of cornmeal or upfu to a pot, with one cup of cold water to wet it. This will create a paste.  Add 3 – 4 cups of boiling water and put the pot on high heat. At this point, monitor how thick or runny the porridge is. If you want to thicken it, gradually add more cornmeal and keep stirring.

Bring the mixture to the boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

Dish out into a bowl and add 1 -2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Add sugar to taste as well as milk if desired.

Some people also enjoy their porridge with fruits.

In addition to being delicious, bota une dovi is a cormeal dish, so it will leave you energised and keep you full for a while.

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