• Shantal Whiteley

Ombidi Namibian Spinach Stew

Updated: Jun 12

A vegan dish for everyone

Ombidi served with Oshifima

Ombidi is one of the popular dishes in the northern parts of Namibia. Traditionally, it is made with wild spinach, which grows naturally in the fields, during the rainy seasons .It is usually cooked in a cast iron pot, over an open wood fire until it is pale green. Ombidi is commonly served with porridge.

This recipe only requires frozen spinach which is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that are essential for you. However, the Ombidi still tastes close to the authentic Namibian spinach stew.


PS: This recipe goes well with rice or quinoa for a healthier option, and can be served as a side.

Total: 20 mins Prep: 8 mins Cook: 12 mins Yield: 2 servings

Learn how to make the best spinach dish, that everyone will love. You can add more seasonings. This recipe serves more than 4 when served as a side dish .




Ingredients :

225 g frozen spinach

4 1/2 tablespoons chopped tomatoes

1 medium onion

2 garlic cloves

a pinch of salt and pepper

a pinch of nutmeg to taste

1 tablespoons oil




Instructions :

Step 1


Peel and finely chop onion and garlic.


Step 2

In a saucepan heat oil at medium – high, saute onion 2 minutes.


Step 3

Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add tomatoes let simmer for 2 minutes.


Step 4

Add spinach, salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Toss,then cover and Cook for another 10 minute.


Step 5

Stir well and remove from the heat. Serve immediately. Enjoy!




Notes :

If you are using this stew as a side, try our Oshingali (bean dish) as well .

Top with sweet pepper for extra garnish and flavor .


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