Zimbabwe cuisine

Mabhonzo Emombe is a traditional delicacy from Zimbabwe. The dish is prepared using beef bones and traditional Zimbabwean Cuisine spices, which are slowly cooked to bring out the real authentic taste of African cuisine. And today, we will teach you how to prepare a tasty Mabhonzo Emombe. But before then, let us have a quick look at Zimbabwean culture.

Zimbabwe culture and customs

Zimbabwe is one of the culturally diverse African countries, which for years, has maintained its traditions. As culturally diverse as it is, so is its cuisine. The country is divided into two groups-the Shona (majority), and the Ndebele (minority). The rest of the population has ancestry in China, Mozambique, England, and South Africa. English is the national language, but almost the population is Bantu.

Though Zimbabwe is ethnically diverse, everyone is expected to follow the norms. Men and women have different responsibilities they play. Though both genders execute some activities, customs do not allow for some.

For instance, looking after cows is done by men, and it’s a taboo for women to take up the role. Cows are valued, and aside from providing milk to the family, they are used in dowry payment.

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Women bear and raise children as per the community traditions. According to the Shona community, when a family ushers a child, the umbilical is buried next to the kitchen. Traditionally, the move is a way to show the secure connection of the new member to the land.

[bctt tweet=”In Zimbabwe, when a baby is born, the umbilical is buried next to the kitchen to symbolize strong connection to the land”]

Any child or member of the community who does not have good morals is treated as an outcast.

Now let’s switch our focus to our recipe.


  • 1 pound beef bones
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 25 g tomato paste
  • 2 onions
  • 3 tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 1tbsp. black pepper
  • 1tbsp. rosemary
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt


  1. Heat water in a cooking pot and add your beef bones. Simmer and let it slowly cook for 8 hours. Make sure you have enough water to keep the bones boiling.
  2. Pour the stock in a bowl or cup.
  3. Sauté your garlic and onions in a large saucepan for two minutes over medium heat
  4. Add your tomatoes and stir for 3 minutes. Pour your bones and mix them with the tomatoes
  5. Add your tomato paste, black pepper, rosemary, and stock then simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Serve with coconut rice or peanut butter rice

Mabhonzo Emombe Zimbabwean Cuisine is a straightforward dish to prepare. Though the cooking process requires patience, the nutritional benefits are amazing. If you love Mabhonzo dish, you may also like:

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