Zimua Juice

Since I was young, I liked to drink the liquids from the kachumbari salad. It is funny to admit I still do that. Years ago, I had kachumbari leftovers; I thought it would not hurt to blend and have something tasty to drink. So I did and that was the beginning of my favorite Swahili drink I call zimua juice because it feels good morning after a night of a few drinks. I shared this recipe for the first time last year with the readers of Tupomoja Magazine in Tanzania.

Ingredients

  • Kg 1/ 2 lb very ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cups / 198 gm thinly sliced onions
  • 2 cups / 340 gm cucumber (peeled, seeded, and cut into small sizes)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp habanera cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro / coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon or limejuice (not fresh bottled)
  • 2 cups water to add in the blender (You may need more later)

Cleaning onions (for step number-2 below)
• 1 tsp salt for soaking onions
• 2 cups water for cleaning the onions

Celery sticks and cilantro for garnishing (optional)

  1. Clean the tomatoes; remove the seeds then cut into small size for blender.
  2. To clean the onions: In a small bowl, mix onions, ½ tsp salt and 1-cup of water. Squeeze the onions while in water for 30 seconds or about 10 times. Discard the water.
  3. Add the remaining 1-cup of water and remaining ½ tsp salt, let stand for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes discard the water by squeezing the onions; then place the onions aside.
  4. In a blender, blend tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, salt, habanera, and cilantro until smooth.
  5. Then add lemon/lime juice and 2 cups of water, mix in the blender for about 5 seconds to mix well.
  6. Serve with ice and garnish with cilantro leaves and celery as you please.

NOTES:
For your summer drink; make ice cubes using 2.5 cups of water in advance, add on step 4 above. But mix limejuice after crushing the ice cubes.

Chai Spiced tea-Chai ya Viungo

Chai (Spiced tea)

Chai ya Viungo

This is East African chai. We do love milk. We use lots and lots of milk. When I was a kid, I was never happy when I was given tea without lots of milk. It is part of being a true Tanzanian.

To make gourmet chai (spiced Tea) please use 4 cups of whole milk instead of low fat. Never use powdered ingredients either. Powdered ingredients is for a quick fix, but you do not get the best flavor compare to whole spices. I use whole spices when I make for my special guest.

Always use fresh ginger. Chai does not taste good with powdered ginger at all. You can use all powdered ingredients but please not for ginger.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp. whole black peppercorn
  • 1/2 tsp. of whole cloves (about 9 cloves)
  • 1 long cinnamon stick (about 4 inches)
  • 1 tbsp. whole cardamom pods (opened a bit)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh minced ginger
  • 4 tbsp. sugar or to taste
  • 4 tea bags or 1½ tbsp. loose black tea leaves

Preparation

  1. Mix all ingredients except tea and milk in a big pan and boil for 6-12 minutes.
  2. Add milk and tea. Use medium heat so the milk won’t get scalded.
  3. Boil while stirring, for 2 minutes
  4. Serve hot or as iced tea.
Juice ya Papai, Papaya Juice

Papaya Juice

Maji Ya Mapapai

Papayas grow all over Tanzania and other countries in East Africa. We eat them as a snack or after meal. Nowadays people also like to eat for breakfast for healthy reasons. Serve 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb. (3/4 kg) papaya
  • 2 – 3 cups water (Use only 1 cup of water for a smoothie texture)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (Optional) You can also use a little bit of honey

Preparation
1. Peel the papaya and remove all seeds
2. In a blender, blend papaya, water and sugar until smooth. It is better to start with only one cup of water first, then add the rest.
3. Add water if you think it is too heavy.
4. Add ice or put in the fridge to chill
5. Serve cold and it is better to drink the juice within 12 hours; but you can keep for a few more days.

I did post this recipe for the first time in August 24, 2013 at www.tasteoftanzania.com