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Zimbabwean Greens: Muriwo

Zimbabwean Greens: Muriwo


Known for its high nutritional content and deep cultural importance, muriwo is a traditional Zimbabwean vegetable meal. This dish, which has its origins in Zimbabwean cuisine, predominantly consists of leafy greens, with "African kale" or "collard greens" being the preferred option. Muriwo is a beloved element of Zimbabwe's culinary heritage because of its history, which sheds light on the country's close ties to the land and its rich food.

Due to their accessibility and great nutritional worth, leafy greens like African kale and other regional types have long been a mainstay in the diets of Zimbabweans. This ingrained reliance on leafy greens results from Zimbabwean culture's love for the land, agriculture, and sustainability, all of which are essential facets of that country's society.

Muriwo is now a popular and adaptable cuisine that is frequently served at community events and festive occasions as well as in Zimbabwean homes. It epitomizes the spirit of group giving and appreciation for nature's riches. The dish has evolved while maintaining its essential identity by incorporating modern influences.

Preparation Time

30 minutes


1 bunch of African kale (collard greens) 

1 medium onion (chopped)

2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)

1-2 tomatoes (diced)

Salt and pepper 

Fresh chili pepper 

Lemon juice 

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Start by washing the African kale or collard greens thoroughly. Remove the tough stems and ribs from the leaves and discard them. Roll up the leaves tightly and slice them into thin strips. Set them aside.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic. Cook them for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes to the skillet with the onions and garlic. Cook them for about 4 minutes.
  • Add the sliced leafy greens to the pan. Stir the greens into the onion and tomato mixture.
  • Season the Muriwo with salt and pepper to taste. Add the fresh chili pepper at this stage. 
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the Muriwo simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the cooked Muriwo just before serving to add a refreshing citrus flavor.
  • Muriwo can be served as a side dish alongside your favorite main course. It's often served with sadza (a type of cornmeal porridge) in Zimbabwe.