Botswana is one country in Africa that many would not have heard of only 10 to 15 years ago, but it has since risen as one of Africa’s beacons of light. Stories such as the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has also helped to put this little country on the world map. As part of celebrating Botswana’s independence day during the month of September, also known locally as “Boipuso“, I am sharing a few of the country’s favourite recipes. I do not think I have ever tasted a dish or visited a country that does pumpkin better than the way it’s done in Botswana. You will find pumpkin in all its varieties, especially butter nut, prepared and served at the grandest of events such as weddings, anniversaries, and yes, even independence day. Pumpkin is known locally as lephutshi, lephutshe, lephutsi, lephutse all depending on which tribe or dialect of Setswana you speak. This can be eaten with rice, meat, potato salad and even as a side at a barbecue. Enjoy!
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon of butter (for fry pan)
1. Cut pumpkin into inch sized chunks. Parboil the pumpkin in salted water with the cinnamon sticks and sugar very briefly as it can soften quickly.
2. Heat up the frying pan, melt the butter and add the strained pumpkin pieces in a single layer to avoid crushing them. Reduce the heat so that the pumpkin does not get too brown. Turn over to allow other side to brown.
3. Enjoy served as a side dish to your favourite meal.