Pondu or saka-saka

Pondu or saka-saka

Pondu or saka-saka

Pondu in Congo or saka-saka in other African countries is a vegetable dish that can be compared to spinach. 

It is prepared with chopped cassava leaves found in the freezer section in African grocery stores and sometimes canned in supermarkets. 

Pondu is eaten as a vegetable side dish.

Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine Africa, Congo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 195 kcal


  • 1 bag frozen pondu or 1 tin can
  • 2-3 African eggplants or 1 large eggplant
  • 1 onions
  • 1 can sardines or mackerel or pilchards Oil
  • 2 cubes beef stock cube Maggi
  • 2 tbsp palm oil
  • 1 salt & pepper


  1. peel and chop the onion
  2. peel and chop the eggplant
  3. place the pondu in a saucepan and add a little water
  4. add chili
  5. simmer 30 min.
  6. add onion, eggplant, Maggi cubes, fish and palm oil, pepper and salt
  7. simmer 1 hour, until the pondu is tender