Ghanaian traditional drink – “zoomkoom”

This is the 22. post from Ghana! And the last one! All the schools which registered in the Mondo’s food project have done their food project now (from September to November).

This post is special not only because it’s the last one from Ghana but this is the first and only which introduces you about the  Ghanaian traditional drink.

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Teacher Janet and camera-student

 

Kongo Junior High School decided to change their food project plan and prepare the drink called “zoomkoom” instead of making “tubani” (some schools have already prepared it!).

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Preparing traditional “zoomkoom” using guinea corn and shea butter

 

“Zoomkoom” is a flour water. “Zoom” means flour in nabt and “koom” means water. This drink is offered to (unexpected) guests, it is easy to make and delicious to taste! So “zoomkoom” is a welcome-to-my-house drink.

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Traditional “zoomkoom” is ready

There are two different variants of “zoomkoom”: the traditional one and more modernized. Kongo JHS prepared them both.

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Preparing modernized “zoomkoom” using millet flour and sugar

Recipe for traditional “zoomkoom”

Ingredients:

– Guinea corn flour mixed with pepper;

– shea butter;

– water.

How to prepare:

1. Mix the flour with shea butter and stir. Use kalabash.

2. Add some water and stir.

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Estonian volunteer, food project co-ordinator and the author of Ghana schools posts Liina tasting “zoomkoom” from kalabash.

 

In modernized “zoomkoom” instead of Guinea corn millet flour is used and sugar is also sugar is added, not shea butter – the rest is the same.

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“Zoomkoom” two different varieties: traditional (brown) and modernized (white)

 

“Zoomkoom” has an interesting taste, it is hot (spicy) and sweet at the same time! It is really nutritious and advised for sportsmen.

Watch our video and try to prepare “zoomkoom” yourself!

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World Food Day in Dasabligo PS

It was World Food Day last Thursday, so to celebrate that Dasabligo Primary School prepared different dishes from maize. Our first post here was about harvesting maize and now we continued our project and cooked some traditional maize meals.

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Ghanaian national dishes we made on World Food Day

Uses of maize
Maize is sold in the fresh or dry shelled state in the local markets. The marketing of maize is done by many middlemen.

Maize is eaten by roasting and boiling at the fresh state.

Maize is locally used in making food such as “kenkey”, “waha”, “goya” (“tubani”), porridge, tuo zaafi (TZ), “mgmera”, rasta porridge, “banku” among others.

Both grain and leaves are used to feed farm animals. It is also used in making alcohol (“pito”), corn starch, corn oil, corn syrubs and sugars. The husks are used to wrap food (“kenkey”) and to wave doormats. The stalks are used as fuel (firewood) food cooking and mulching soils.

We prepared six different meals, as you can see from following photos:

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“Banku”
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Beans and maize
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Okrosoup with beef
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Pepper sauce
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Tomato-onion-fish sauce
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“Tubani”

How we prepared the dishes? Watch our video and find out!

http://youtu.be/9QWu4yyJQaU

Happy World Food Day!

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Preparation of national dish called TZ

Tuo saafi (= TZ)  is the most common meal in Northern Ghana. Most people in Upper East eat it almost every day, some of them even twice a day. But what kind of preparations does that meal need? Students and teachers from Logre Primary School give you the presentation of the whole process about the guinea corn: from the plant in the field to ready TZ in your plate, step by step with photos.

5 overviewing steps with photos:

 

Watch also our video!

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