Top Best Foods in Eswatini - With Recipes

1. Umncushu, 2. Ligusha, 3. Sinkhwa Sembila (Mealie Bread), 4. Umbhidvo Wetintsanga, 5. Fat Cakes (Vetkoeks). The Kingdom of Eswatini, sometimes known as Eswatini, is Africa's last absolute monarchy. Known as Swaziland until the King proclaimed an official name change in 2018, this small landlocked nation, located in South Africa and bordering Mozambique, boasts numerous stunning mountain vistas and flourishing culture and heritage. In metropolitan areas, there are various fast-food and family restaurant chains, many of which are South African, as well as several independent restaurants serving international cuisine, however these are few and few between. Despite this outside impact, the most popular dishes and beverages are still primarily based on indigenous cuisine. Swazis (Emaswati) are proud of their culture and like sharing their customs and food with others. Here are 5 of Eswatini's delicious foods.

  1. Umncushu
  2. Ligusha
  3. Sinkhwa Sembila (Mealie Bread)
  4. Umbhidvo Wetintsanga
  5. Fat Cakes (Vetkoeks)


Umncushu is a traditional Swazi meal. Samp, which is dehulled maize kernels pounded till shattered, is the major component. Sugar or Jugo beans are the most commonly used dry beans, however, any other dried bean can be utilized. Samp and beans are simmered till mushy, then mashed and combined with crushed peanuts. Umncushu is similar to thick mashed potatoes with chunks of maize and beans mixed in. For increased taste, other vegetables, herbs, and spices can be used. The greatest part is the crusty bottom sticking to the pot, known as skhokho! Umncushu can be served simply or with accompaniments such as gravy and meat stews.


  • 6 cups water,2 cups chicken stock,1 cup long-grain jasmine rice, rinsed,1 teaspoon sesame oil,1/2 tablespoon salt,2 eggs, Bacon


  • Place a pot with 6 cups of water onto the stove. Turn heat to high. Add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add rice and boil 2 minutes.
  • Stir the rice and cover the pot with a lid tilted. Turn heat to medium-low and let simmer 30 to 45 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • Once the rice has thickened, add the sesame oil and salt, and stir.
  • Cook bacon in a frying pan set over medium heat and curve the bacon to form a smile.
  • Cook eggs sunny side up in the bacon grease for about 5 minutes, until the whites have cooked.
  • Place the rice porridge in a bowl, place the eggs on top to look like eyes, and the bacon below to resemble a smiley face.

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes


Ligusha is a high-fiber, protein- and vitamin-C-rich vegetable. Young leaves or fresh shoots are selected and gently cooked. The leaves are mashed during cooking, giving it a thick and slightly slimy consistency that some people don’t like, but it’s the high soluble fiber content that makes it so healthful and popular among EmaSwatis. To increase taste, other vegetables such as onion, tomato, okra, and melon seeds can be used. The dish is typically accompanied by starchy staples such as pap or rice.

  • Fresh leaves,8 oz Fresh ewedu leaves,3 to 4 cups water,2 tablespoons Locust bean,2 tablespoons Ground crayfish,1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder or 1 cube,1 pack frozen jute leaves 8 ounces,2 tablespoons Locust Bean,2 tablespoons crayfish ground,1 bouillon powder or 1 cube, salt
  • Pluck the ewedu leaves one by one. Then rinse the leaves in a large bowl by gently swirling them around so that any sand particle can settle at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Now scoop the ewdeu from the water and repeat the process a couple of times until the ewedu leaves are clean and there are no more sand particles settling under the bowl.
  • Blend the ewedu leaves in a blender with the locust bean and crayfish until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a pot. Season with salt and bouillon powder (cube) and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until it becomes smooth and viscous.
  • Thaw the frozen jute leaves by leaving it on the countertop for a few hours or place it inside hot water to melt
  • Blend the leaves if not already blended and pour them inside a pot. Add the locust bean, crayfish, salt, and stock cube and stir to combine.
  • Leave to cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally until the ewedu becomes smooth and viscous

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes

Sinkhwa Sembila (Mealie Bread)

Mealie bread is a traditional Swazi food that is frequently sold by women or children on the roadside, with the loaves gently wrapped in corn cob leaves. Mealie bread is traditionally steamed rather than baked, resulting in a softer, longer cooking procedure with a very soft consistency. The resultant bread is extremely wet, like a mix between thick corn pudding and a dense loaf. Nowadays, most bread is baked, with a crisp exterior and a crumblier texture. Sweet corn kernels, milk, eggs, butter, flour, sugar, and salt are among the ingredients. The bread can be eaten simple or with emasi, sauce, or any curry of your choice.

  • 3 cups raw fresh corn kernels (mieliepitte),3 tablespoons of flour,1 ½ teaspoon baking powder,2 heaped tablespoons of butter,1 tablespoon sugar,1 teaspoon salt
  • Mince the corn kernels or place in liquidiser, be careful not to liquidise it too fine, add all the ingredients together and mix very carefully.
  • Take the inside leaf of the corn and drop spoons full of the mixture in the center of the leaf so that when folded the mixture will be almost 3/4 full, roll and close the leaf carefully and fold in the part that has no mixture and place up right in saucepan, keeping it in place with cut off corn cob pieces.
  • When pot is full, add 2 cups of water, cover and steam for 1 hour at low temperature, checking that it does not burn, keep moist.

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes

Umbhidvo Wetintsanga

While pumpkins may be eaten in a variety of ways, the leaves are the most popular. They taste like a crisp, fresh hybrid of asparagus, broccoli, and spinach. Tiny pumpkin leaves are eaten fresh in salads when they are extremely young and fragile. Once the leaves have matured, they are carefully cleaned, making sure to remove any minute spikes or hair, then boiled and mashed until mushy. Ground peanuts and other veggies may be used to create a delightful creamy meal that can be served as a main course or as a side dish.

  • Carrots, Potatoes, Crushed peanuts, Mixed herbs spice, Pork, Crushed garlic, Olive oil, BBQ, Milk, Salad dressing (Italian)
  • Mix one spoon of garlic and one spoon of BBQ spice in a half cup of olive oil.
  • Massage it into the pork chop and let it settle.
  • Pop it into the oven after 5 to 10mins at 180°C
  • Chop the leaves (Umbhidvo) into small pieces and wash them.
  • Use medium heat and add the leave together with the peanuts into a pot and add a cup of milk.
  • Cut the potatoes (do not remove the skin) massage them with olive oil and sprinkle mixed herbs and pop them into the oven.
  • Peel the carrots (do not boil) add salad dressing to the peelings.

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes

Fat Cakes (Vetkoeks)

Deep-fried dough balls are a favorite snack in many African nations. Their name, fat cakes, alludes to how they’re prepared or what they’ll do to you if you eat too many! These delectable vetkoek (fat cakes) are ideal for a light meal or snack. Fat cake is derived from the Afrikaans term vetkoeks, and it is essentially a lazy doughnut. They’re a popular breakfast or snack since they’re crispy on the surface and soft and chewy on the inside, plus they don’t have a hole. They are delicious on their own or with stews and curries.

  • 2 cups lukewarm water,¼ cup white sugar,1 (.25 ounce) package of active dry yeast,7 cups all-purpose flour,2 teaspoons salt,3 cups oil for frying
  • Mix lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast in a small bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to bubble slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • Sift flour and salt together in a large bowl.
  • Pour water mixture over flour mixture and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover bowl with clean cloth and let dough rise until until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.
  • Pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a tennis ball; roll until smooth. Flatten ball of dough until it is the size of palm; set aside on a floured work surface. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Fry flattened pieces of dough in the hot oil, 2 to 3 pieces at a time, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes

top best foods in eswatini - with recipes