Kenyan Greens Simmered With Tomatoes (Sukuma Wiki)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

Posted for ZWT7-Africa.Sukuma wiki, Swahili for "stretch-the-week," is a ubiquitous Kenyan dish. Nutritious and tasty, it is a way of "stretching" out kitchen resources. found on the internet.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onions, chopped or 1 minced onion
  • 2 lbs kale or 2 lbs collard greens, destemmed and finely chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup water or 1 cup stock
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oil over med-high flame in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the greens in batches, sauteing each addition until wilted.
  2. Add the tomatoes, water or stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer gently until tender, from 20 to 30 minutes or done to your liking.
  3. Adjust seasoning and serve with a little bit of the broth.
  4. You can add a chopped chili pepper or two with the onions. If you like, add some leftover meat for more flavor.


Most Helpful

This was actually very flavorful! I had a mixture of kale from my CSA (curly and red Russian) and was looking for a new way to prepare it. This really filled the bill. I used sunflower oil, a 15 oz. can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes in place of the chopped tomatoes, and 1 cup of vegetable stock. It was very tasty. Thanks for sharing. Made for ZWT7.

JackieOhNo! June 10, 2011

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