[Foodie Friday] Fumbwa: One of the most popular dishes in Congo

Francis Akhalbey Apr 27, 2018 at 11:07am

April 27, 2018 at 11:07 am | Foodie Friday

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

April 27, 2018 at 11:07 am | Foodie Friday

Fumbwa -- Photo Credit: @karinescuisine1 (Instagram)

On today’s instalment of #FoodieFriday, we spotlight a very popular Congolese stew known as Fumbwa. The main ingredients for this dish include wild spinach (fumbwa), peanuts and palm oil.

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It is usually eaten with boiled plantains or manioc which is a cassava meal. Check out the recipe courtesy thespruceeats.com.


  • 11 oz (300 grams) baby spinach
  • 1/2 a cup of water
  • 3 spring onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 cup of smoked catfish, soaked and rinsed then chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red palm oil
  • 1 cup of ground peanuts or 4 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter


  • Finely chop the greens and place them into a pot to simmer with the water.
  • Once they have reduced in volume by about half, add the spring onions, garlic, and tomatoes and continue to simmer. Crumble the chicken stock cube into the pot and mix well.
  • Make sure all bones have been removed from the smoked fish, then add them to the pot. You may wish to remove the skin from the fish as well. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of palm oil into the pot. This adds a wonderful color, especially when mixed with the peanut butter.
  • Add the peanut butter and allow to melt into the pot with the gentle heat. Stir into the dish and allow to simmer for 10 minutes until ready to serve.

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