by Francis Akhalbey, at 12:03 pm, March 02, 2018, Foodie Friday

[Foodie Friday] Try the popular Delele in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia

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On today’s instalment of Foodie Friday, we spotlight Delele, a popular local dish in Zimbabwe, Zambia and some parts of Botswana. Delele, which means okro in English is usually cooked fresh although it can also be dried before cooking. It is usually eaten with sadza/phaletšhe, which is a cooked maize meal.

Check out the recipe and video courtesy


  • A small pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Knife


  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 packet of Okra or 30 individual Okras
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 cup of water


  • Dice the tomato
  • Remove the stems and bottoms off okra
  • Place water in pot and leave to boil
  • When water starts boiling, stir in Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Add the tomato, okra and salt
  • Leave to boil while stirring occasionally
  • When okra overflows, it is cooked.

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