The first time I saw Zambian chikanda, my sweet-toothed mind thought it was chocolate cake! How wrong I was — chikanda is vegetarian polony or sausage. Chikanda is a beloved Zambian dish and if there is a special occasion then you better believe there will be some chikanda. The same way the British will have a Sunday roast, in Zambia there will be some chikanda.
This polony is made from chikanda orchids or tubers. These tubers are traditionally found in the grasslands of the Northern Province. The orchids are grounded and then mixed with pounded groundnuts (peanuts) and water to form a sort of cake mixture. Buy ready-pounded chikanda and groundnuts if you can. It makes the recipe much quicker and easier!
Traditionally a dish served by the Bemba people from Zambia’s Northern Province, chikanda is now enjoyed throughout the country. Chikanda can be eaten as a snack or as a relish with nshima (Zambia’s food staple). Cut up a slice and eat fresh or fry it and serve with tomatoes and onions.
Learn how to make Zambian chikanda below. If you're struggling to find pounded chikanda, MamasOwn Market delivers internationally.
Last Updated 8 June 2022