Miraji Mussa Kheir, 56 years old – Bububu, Zanzibar
Miraji was born and grew up in Zanzibar and she has never left the island. She lives in the northern suburb of the capital city, Stone Town, in a small house that she shares with her husband and two of her three daughters. She has only one grandchild, the son of her first-born daughter. Every day after school he spends some time with her, helping her with the dinner for the family.
Wali, mchuzina mbogamboga (rice, fish and vegetables in green mango sauce)
Time: about 1 hour
Ingredients for 4 people:
– one barracuda of 1,5kg ( or another kind of fish)
– 4 green mangoes, 4 tomatoes, 2 aubergines, 1 red chilli, ginger and two bunches of spinach
– seed oil, salt, pepper, curry and masala
– a dish of rice
The barracuda is one of the most popular catches in Zanzibar, but it is not fundamental for this recipe, you might want to use any other kind of fish. Let’s see how to prepare it:
First of all, scale the fish and cut it in chunks of about 10 cm length. With a knife, make some cuts on the side of the fish and salt them inside. Chop a piece of ginger and put it inside and outside the fish.
Heat two spoons of oil in a pan and fry the fish for 10 minutes on each side. Drain it from the oil.
If you have the rice cooking machine, you can use it, otherwise boil the rice in some water.
Wash two bunches of spinach and cut them in stripes. Boil everything in some water for ten minutes and drain.
Wash the tomatoes, aubergines and green mangoes and dice them. Heat two spoons of oil in a pan and when it is hot enough add, first, the tomatoes and, 5 minutes later, the aubergines. At this point, add a teaspoon of curry, one of masala and two pinches of salt. Let it cook for 5 more minutes and then add the mangoes. Wait for 5 more minutes and add the boiled spinach. Stir the mixture and pour a glass of water. When the water starts to boil, let it cook for other 10 minutes.
Now, the dish is ready to be served on a large plate, keeping fish, rice and vegetable sauce separate. Enjoy your meal!