African Food

How to Prepare Sumbala and Everything You Need to Know

Sumbala or Soumbala is a food made from Burkina Faso made from the seeds of Parkia biglobosa.
Sumbala can lower blood pressure. It is a good source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and small amounts of vitamin C.


  • 10 oz of rice
  • 5 oz sumbala powder
  • 10 oz of beef,
  • 2 tablespoons ground dried fish
  • 1 tablespoon ground dried shrimp
  • 8 okra
  • 4 eggplants
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Oil
  • Pepper and Salt
  • 1 hot pepper
  • Water


  1. Fry the meat in oil until golden brown.
  2. In the meantime, remove okras and eggplants’ extremities and slightly split the eggplants halfway.
  3. When the meat is browned, add the onion, tomato, eggplant, okra, hot pepper, and 2 cups of water.
  4. When the sauce boils after 15 minutes, remove the onion and tomato to crush.
  5. Add it to the sauce.
  6. Add salt, pepper, and 2/3 of the sumbala.
  7. Meanwhile, cook the rice in water.
  8. Mix the rest of the sumbala with the grounded fish and shrimp.
  9. When the water is almost used up, dig a hole in the middle.
  10. Put the sumbala mixture in the middle and close with rice.
  11. When the rice is done, mix it so that the sumbala mixes with the rice.
  12. After 25 minutes, the sauce will become heavy and ready.
  13. Serve and taste!

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