Recipes Zambian Cooking



First things first, I do not know what these things are really called so I gave them a name myself lol.

So I’ve tried two version of this recipe and I’ll share both with you. Make sure you read the entire recipe before you attempt it.

This is actually a recipe I stole from my boyfriend’s mum.
She had made some and he brought me one and I just loved it. Trust me, you will too!

So I used a different pastry from her original recipe but it is still very delicious.
Let’s get into it.

The pastry:


2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup warm water (not cold/hot)


Place flour and salt in a large bowl and combine well.

Add oil and mix until flour has a yellowish colour and crumbly texture.

Add water in two parts (1/4 cup at a time). You’ll notice at first that your dough is sticky, knead it until it stops sticking to your hands.

Cover dough in cling film and leave it to rest.

The Filling:

5 hard boiled eggs, cut up like I will show you at the bottom
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
1/2 medium green peppers, sliced

Because I make the dough before I cut ingredients or boil my eggs, I recommend a rest time of about 15 minutes while you get busy with everything else.


Divide dough into 3, for 3 big pies or into 6 for 6 mini pies.

Roll dough out onto a floured surface. Add the filling like shown below and close up the pies.

What I use as glue for my pies is a mixture of two tablespoon water and one tablespoon flour. Mix it up and finish up your pies by using it as a glue.

Now here are the two methods I’ve tried!

Method 1:

Original method: dip your pie into a beaten egg mixture and then into medium-low heat oil, fry until golden, about 3 minutes in each side. Careful not to burn them!

Do this with all your pies and enjoy! Do not dip them all in advance as they’ll fall apart fairly quickly.

Method 2:

Skip the egg wash and just fry them without the egg wash, on medium heat until golden brown.

Repeat for all your pies and of course, enjoy!!

I tried both methods as you can see above. They are both insanely delicious I can’t pick a favorite. Give both a try and let me know which one you like more.

**Tip: don’t forget to salt all your ingredients before assembly i.e eggs, veggies and anything else you’d like to add.

Happy fooding!


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