Cook's Hideout: Zimbabwe -- Dobi (Spinach & Tomato with Peanut Butter sauce)

September 30, 2014

Zimbabwe -- Dobi (Spinach & Tomato with Peanut Butter sauce)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days
Country: Z for Zimbabwe
Dish: Dobi (Spinach & Tomato with Peanut Butter sauce)
We are moving on to the last and final letter Z and we are going to Zimbabwe today. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between Zambezi & Limpopo rivers.
Zimbabwean cuisine is much like the other African countries. They rely on a few staple foods. Cornmeal is used to make porridge called sadza or isitshwala and is usually served with meat and vegetables. Rice, pasta and potato based foods also make up part of Zimbabwean cuisine. A local favorite is rice cooked with peanut butter that is served with thick gravy, mixed vegetables and meat.
Zimbabwe -- Dobi (Spinach & Tomato with Peanut Butter sauce)

Peanuts and peanut butter are popular ingredients in the cuisine. Today's dish of Spinach with peanut butter was a super hit in my house. My husband is not a big peanut butter fan, so I added only 1 tablespoon and he really liked the creaminess and the slight nuttiness it imparted to the dish. Increase the quantity of peanut butter if you like its taste. I served this like a curry with some steamed rice.
Zimbabwe -- Dobi (Spinach & Tomato with Peanut Butter sauce)
Recipe adapted from here.
Spinach - half a bunch, chopped
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Tomatoes - 2 medium, chopped
Green Chili - 1, chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves, finely minced
Peanut Butter - 1tbsp (add more if you like)
Salt & Pepper - to taste
Parsley & Cilantro - 1tbsp each, chopped

  • Add 2tsp oil in a saute pan; add onions and cook till they turn lightly browned around the edges.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, herbs, green chili, salt and pepper. Cook for 5~6 minutes or until tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Next add the chopped spinach, cover and cook till spinach is cooked through, about 4~5 minutes.
  • Finally add peanut butter and cook till heated through, about 2~3 minutes. Serve with steamed rice.


  1. Wow zimbabwe Dobi looks delicious and very flavourful as well.. Inviting dish, can have happily with some rice.

  2. My failed recipe from Zambia was something similar to this. The flavors were familiar and felt had I tweak the recipe and cooked something similar to a curry would have tasted better, and more likable. Wanted to try it again but in the last minute went with another recipe without peanuts. Even I should have used less peanuts (I used peanuts instead of peanut butter) just like you did. Dobi looks colorful and just like spinach tomato kura.

  3. That spinach dish sounds so much like our own right..I decided on another one when I read this..very lovely pictures Pavani. It's been a month long drooling at your space with all those fantastic pictures you have put up!..

  4. Very healthy side. Should go well with flatbread too. Pictures are lovely.

  5. Beautiful healthy greens turned into a mouth watering curry..looks inviting and that bowl of fresh spinach. .wow so green and fresh has added an interesting element to the post.
    Like always loved all your clicks and recipe choices during the marathon..a total visual treat Pavani.

  6. Love this variation. I think peanuts form an essential part of their meals!

  7. i can eat this with a bhakri...looks mouth watering

  8. It seems like a popular dish from the region. I saw other marathoners doing another version using whole peanuts. Both versions are looking good and sound like Indian side dishes.
    It was a pleasure running this marathon with you, Pavani.

  9. Sounds like a delicious curry Pavani.I love peanut butter so might try this one. Pic looks very inviting. Loved doing this marathon with you and enjoyed all your posts and clicks:)

  10. Sounds and of course looks mouth watering. I will start getting fresh palak from now on. Will try this out .BTW I am commenting upside down starting with Z.. I am sure I will enjoy each dish which will be a visual treat.

  11. Very delicious curry.. I made a similar version too.

  12. That is one flavorful combo and looks so mouthwatering pavani :) I have enjoyed all your dishs throughout the marathon and your fantastic clicks :) Great job done !!

  13. this spinach dish reminded me a lot of Ghana dish I made before called Palaver except it has chicken also but the spinach peanut combo is a good one

  14. you found such a beautiful dish from that part of the world...this looks very rich and creamy

  15. Dobi looks and sounds so tempting. Nice clicks and loved all recipes of yours..


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