Ghana Millet Porridge- Hausa Koko Recipe

 The Recipie And Everything You Need To Know

 

How To Make This Hausa Koko Recipe:

  1. Bring water to the boil
  2. Add 3 or 4 clove buds
  3. Add strained ginger and pepper juices to the warm water, followed by adding the millet
  4. At this point stir, stir, stir like crazy to avoid clumping
  5. Add sugar

Ghana Millet Porridge is made from fermented millet which is a gluten-free cereal which looks similar to wheat and grows in areas around the Sahara desert in Africa and in dry areas in both India as well as Asia. These are areas where levels of poverty are high and as a result farmers in these parts of the world view millet to be their miracle crop. This is because it can be harvested twice a year and has a high resistance to drought, pests, and pathogens. Millet looks grainy similarly to corn and you can buy this product from Amazon, health food shops or whole food retailers around the world. Millet also has the ability to grind into a powder with a good quality grinder and be used to make baking bread or the dough for making this recipe.

Koko is Twi for porridge, Hausa Koko is one of the few breakfast recipes that people eat in Ghana otherwise it is common to eat a heavy carb meal first thing in the morning as opposed to a sweet light meal like Weetabix.  In Ghana, this recipe is known as Hausa Koko or millet porridge, this is because millet grows in the northern part of Ghana and it is assumed that Hausa's are from the northern part of Ghana.This is not accurate however, the Hausa's in Ghana are actually originally from Nigeria and because they are Muslims and northern Ghana has a predominantly Muslim population, many southerners wrongly assume Hausa's are from that part of the country hence the name. The accurate local name for this porridge should then be called 'Northern Porridge' but if you have read everything up to this point then you get it.  Millet porridge is made by fermenting a dough you make by adding water to millet and left out overnight for up to 3 days prior to making porridge with it.  

Eating millet does not kill or harm people as long as it is eaten occasionally and alongside a balanced diet. The reason why people in the past associated goiter and other deficiencies with millet is due to poor areas where millet is the main staple food, people eat millet every single day and never get the chance to vary their diet due to poverty.It is also eaten with beanballs which is a doughnut made from beans. 

To prepare the Hausa Koko, you will need to ferment your powdered millet with ginger, pepper, water, and sugar.These days you can opt for the convenient option of buying a pre-prepared pack of Hausa Koko. 

 

 


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