How to Make Sukuma Wiki

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An average Kenyan household generally eats ugali na sukuma wiki for dinner. Sukuma wiki is similar to collard greens and usually fried with some tomatoes and onions. To eat sukuma wiki you do not need any silverware. Use either ugali or chapati to pick up the sukuma wiki and then put it in your mouth to eat it.

Sukuma Wiki is made out of any leafy green vegetable, mainly collards or kale.¬†Incidently, sukuma wiki means “to push the week” which implies sukuma wiki is a food used to stretch the meals to last for the week.

Sukuma Wiki Recipe

2 tablespoons shortening (or oil)

1 Onion

2 or 3 Tomatoes, chopped

2 Pounds of Sukuma Greens, chopped


1. Melt shortening in a pot and add the onions.
2. Stir well and saute for a bit.
3. Add tomato and saute.
4. Add sukuma and saute for a short time.
5. Add 1/2 cup water (optional) and then salt to taste.
6. Let the mixture simmer until the sukuma has reached a desired tenderness.

Serve warm with ugali or chapati.

Substitutions and Additions

*Use kale, collard greens, cassava leaves, pumpkin leaves, sweet potato leaves, or spinach in place of the sukuma greens.
*Add in red pepper, chili peppers (chopped), cayenne pepper to taste.
*To make this a main dish –
Take the juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons of flour
A few spoonfuls of water
Mix until smooth
Add to sukuma recipe when it’s almost done
Add leftover cooked meat like nyama choma, browned ground beef, cut up pork, beef, chicken, etc.

Sukuma wiki, kale, and collard greens are very nutritious and have powerful antioxidant properties and are anti-inflammatory. These greens are very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. They are contain folic acid (folate, folacin), a B-complex vitamin known for its importance in pregnancy and prevention of pregnancy defects.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by friendly 4 on Feb 4, 2013

    I want some way to make the strong taste of collard greens but want it to stay kinda light. Any suggestions? Dressing or other ingredients?

  2. posted by John on Feb 4, 2013

    especially Africans from East Africa

  3. posted by thinkthought on Feb 4, 2013

    pleas add refrains
    sorry its beliefs
    that damn spell fix

  4. posted by Smashing Pumpkins on Feb 4, 2013

    I have grown some fresh collard greens and now I want to cook them but I have never done it before. I need one that does not have meat in it.

  5. posted by Jamal on Feb 4, 2013

    its a bread that looks like a flour tortilla but its not and u dip it in the juices of curry chicken any help please

  6. posted by jdfan on Feb 4, 2013

    I had:

    Breakfast – 1 slice oatmeal toast with 2 tsps reduced-sugar jelly/jam and a small banana. Green tea.

    Lunch – Scrambled eggs (2 eggs, skimmed milk) and a chunk of korean melon. Diet Pepsi.

    Snack – Some grapes.

    Dinner – Butternut squash & spinach soup with roast chicken and a wholemeal pitta bread. De-caffeinated tea.

    Dessert/late snack – Apple

    Just curious to see the kind of things and amounts most people eat in a day.

  7. posted by nasty1 on Feb 4, 2013

    Ugali, chapati…

  8. posted by Sahil on Feb 4, 2013

    I need info on:
    Food (don’t want recipes)
    For food need specific on veg and non veg

  9. posted by Hayden on Feb 4, 2013


  10. posted by Xedo on Feb 4, 2013

    Hello, answerer! I am trying to do research for a story i want to write, so i was looking for some good places to find information on Africa. I’m interested in the types of tribes that may still be around in the jungles, as well as the social structure of a tribe, and things relating. Also, im very interested in how local people feel about groups like the Peace Corps and others being in their area, teaching and helping out in the ways that they do. Thanks!

  11. posted by colingrillo on Feb 4, 2013

    I love greens, and I have heard of collard greens and was wondering what they are, and how you make them? Are they good?

  12. posted by lcollier93sbcglobalnet on Feb 4, 2013

    im doing a project on my body to make my butt more big and jiggly. after a lot of reserch i’ve come up with eating certain types of food (corn bread and collard greens..etc..) well what is collard greens? what do they have in them and where can i get them?? :)

  13. posted by Jason M on Feb 4, 2013

    I have collard greens and they’re starting to curl up because of these small grayish insects sucking the juice right out of them, causing malnutrition. I mean they are a mass of them.How do I treat this without killing the greens. I used some seven but it seemed like this didn’t start until I started using this

  14. posted by United on Feb 4, 2013

    I have a bunch of collard greens and a cabbage that I can’t eat right away and I was wondering how to freeze them correctly.

  15. posted by jordenkotor on Feb 5, 2013


  16. posted by norrin_shadowwolf on Feb 5, 2013

    I bought 2 packages of collard greens. I also bought a little pack of diced ham. to cook with the greens…help! How long shall I cook the collard greens and what should I add from my herb garden? Thank you in advance.
    Shall I cook the collards in water or chicken broth for flavor?

  17. posted by liza on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to learn how to make collard greens in true soul food/southern fashion. Please tell me what to do step-by-step in plain, simple language.

    One time before I tried to make them and completely screwed it up. Thanks.

  18. posted by Brendan O on Feb 5, 2013

    I have bags of collard greens, but my recipe calls for one “large bunch”. Approximately how many greens is this by weight?

  19. posted by shahrukh on Feb 5, 2013

    I bought these collard greens and i dont know how to cook them.

  20. posted by Matthew on Feb 5, 2013

    Alright, I’m from the south, but I’m currently in Ohio, and I’m missing some of that soul food. I need to know how to make good home southern style collard greens. Someone please help

  21. posted by Seth on Feb 5, 2013

    I need a recipe. I had a neighbor from ATL, Georgia and she made the most delicious collard greens and always gave me some w. fried chicken.
    She’s gone and I want a recipe. Please don’t send me links, I want recipes from people that know how to cook.

  22. posted by Smashing Pumpkins on Feb 5, 2013

    I need a good easy way to cook up some collard greens for New Years. Anybody have any good ways to cook them up?

  23. posted by Cliffy N on Feb 5, 2013

    My landlord just gave me a whole bunch of collard greens from his garden but I have no idea how to prepare them. He gave me tons so I know I’m gonna have lots leftover. How do I store them?

  24. posted by Xbox Gamer on Feb 5, 2013

    My fridge was really cold and froze my collard greens. Can I still clean them and then cook them or should I just throw them away?

  25. posted by Jesse on Feb 5, 2013

    Collard Green Trees grow collard green leaves for eating year round. The trees grow 6-7 ft. tall and provide plenty of collard leafs.
    Have been known to grow in western states (California, Nevada, etc.,) and some foreign countries.

  26. posted by Elijah luv on Feb 5, 2013

    How do you cook, good tender, collard greens?

  27. posted by Paul M on Feb 5, 2013

    what is a simple way to cook collard greens to maximize calcium intake?

  28. posted by blarg blarg on Feb 5, 2013

    collard greens before.
    does it have to be an aquired taste to eat collard greens?

  29. posted by Brendan O on Feb 5, 2013

    i love collard greens but i’m not too sure how to make them. how can i make them taste really good that is low fat and meat free? thanks

  30. posted by Spider Pc on Feb 5, 2013

    How do I cut the bitterness out of my collard greens? I’m cooking them with a smoked turkey wing and some salt, pepper and a little garlic powder.

  31. posted by easton j on Feb 5, 2013

    I worked in a half way house and the clients made the best collard green ever. I’m hooked!!!!

  32. posted by Clayton Cottrell on Feb 5, 2013

    Vitamin A and E are used in soap as antioxidants (to reduce oxidation of the natural oils used to make the soap, thereby delaying rancidity). However, both are unstable in alkaline solutions, and soap generally has a pH between 8 and 10.5. So, do vitamin A and E have any effectiveness in cold processed (handcrafted) soap? Looking for a real chemistry answer please.

  33. posted by Paul M on Mar 16, 2013

    I made collard greens one week ago, and stored them in tupperware in the fridge. Are they still ok to eat?

  34. posted by Kobe on Mar 19, 2013

    I have collard greens growing but something is eating at the leaves, what can be done to stop insects form eating my collards? Also do placing 1/2 can of beer out beside them really work?

  35. posted by thinkthought on Mar 19, 2013

    Making collard greens for Thanksgiving but don’t know what to do with the stems. I don’t use them for the actual greens, but I hate to throw them away since they are so rich in nutrients. Help?

  36. posted by PillowMan1234 on Mar 23, 2013

    I found a collard greens recipe that advises using pork neckbones to season them but it doesn’t say if that is part of the meal. Can you eat these? Would you want to?

  37. posted by evangldbrg on Mar 23, 2013

    I found ranch does but it’s cold, I want something that can be mixed into and heated with the collard greens. Bacon doesn’t really make it taste good. I want something like a sauce.Thanks.

  38. posted by Melanie on Mar 24, 2013

    Cooking collard greens using meat such as hamhock, turkey neck, smoked turkey ham, or turkey wing.

  39. posted by jdubdoubleu7704 on Mar 24, 2013

    what is your secret to cooking good collard greens?

  40. posted by thinkthought on Mar 24, 2013

    my collard greens dont get no bigger than my do you get the leaves big? also whats a good bug remedy, the bugs love my greens

  41. posted by Alina Elliott on Mar 25, 2013

    My husbands grandma use to make a collard green with bacon but she pass away and we never got the recipe if any body out there know about a good collard greens recipe I’ll appreciate it
    she was from Arkansan.
    Nancy a.would you mind given me the whole recipe and how long to cook it thanx

  42. posted by Harry on Mar 26, 2013

    I used a recipe where I cut out the center rib of a bunch of collard greens. I read somewhere that they have minerals in them though, and wanted to know if anyone had any creative ideas on what I could do with them. I can’t really find a recipe involving them.

  43. posted by borabora5524 on Mar 26, 2013

    I have read up on the health benefits of green, black, white, and oolong tea (made from steeping the buds/twigs from the tea bush, Camellia sinensis). These teas include antioxidants that are good for the human body but the antioxidants are blocked if you mix the tea with milk.

    Does anyone know, if I mix soy milk or one of those edible oil coffee whitener products with my tea instead, will the antioxidants still be blocked therefore stopping the health benefits of the tea from reaching my body?

  44. posted by Nick on Mar 28, 2013

    I see lots of recipes for canning collard greens. None of them contain the fatback and ham-hocks. I just made a huge mess of some collards with the fatback in it. Can I can them with meat? Often beans are preserved with pork in them. I hate to waste the ones I already cooked.

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