Kama – a traditional estonian food

Eshiakulo Secondary School pupils had an opportunity to taste traditional estonian food – kama. What is kama? Kama is a traditional Estonian finely milled flour mixture. The kama is a mixture of roasted barley, rye, oat and pea flour. The oat flour can be completely replaced by wheat flour.

Historically kama was a non-perishable, easy to carry food that could be quickly fashioned into a stomach-filling snack by rolling it into butter. Kama didn’t require baking, as it was already roasted.

“Kama flour” is healthy and natural product made of Estonian crops. A meal from kama flour will provide you with a healthier diet option. Kama flour is a product rich in fibres and minerals and a valuable source of B group vitamins. Use kama flour with fermented milk products, it will double the healthy impact.

Nowadays kama is used for making some desserts. It is mostly enjoyed for breakfast mixed with milk, buttermilk or kefir as mush. It is frequently sweetened with sugar and berries.

Traditional Estonian dishes are conspicuous for the simplicity of their preparation. Just take kama, mix it with milk or buttermilk and eat it! Simple as that!

Making kama is easy
Not bad at all. Strange, but eatable.
A little taste of Estonia
Just mix it and eat it!
Kama with strawberries

 

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Omushenye, simsim and milk

Material: beans, sweet potatoes, milk, simsim (sesame seeds), firewood, salt and water

Prepare beans, wash them, put them in a clean sufuria (bowl), put enough water, then light fire and put on sufuria. Let it take 2 hours, then put in sweet potatoes, which have been chopped and washed properly. It will take 1 hour to be ready, then cook it the way you cook ugali almost 1 hour. Then it will be ready to eat. We call it Omushenye in our language.

Prepare simsim, wash them properly, put them in a clean sufuria and put it on fire to make them dry. After that put them in a container called Eshinu in our language and start mixing by using a heavy stick until it becomes soft like heavy porridge. Therefore take clean cups and put in milk. The food now is ready to eat. This food is carrying nutrients, energy and vitamins to make body healthy and strong. In our culture this food is prepared in special occations. During the time we cooked it at school, pupils and teachers were happy, because it is a respectful food.

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Kenyan foods by Rise and Shine Special School

Together with Rise and Shine special school we prepared Omushenye with sour milk. Omushenye is a Kiluhya (tribe in Kenya) well liked sweet meal witch is prepared for supper. It makes one satisfied and contains nutrients for body growth and development. It contains carbohydrates, proteines, minerals. Omushenye comprises of beans and sweet potatoes. They are cooked differently by boiling and later mashed together till they are mixed evenly to be one. It’s left to cool then served as main meal with sour milk or any drink one can prefear for. It boasts body growth due to the extra suppliments in them.

Mashed bananas are prepared by peeling the outer cover, washed, then boiled, mashed, left to cool, then served with omufuluko (marshed groundnuts which have been roasted)

Ugali and local vegetable (murere) is mostly to the old aged people. It’s very nutritious and easy to prepare. Murere is a local green vegetable which grows even without planting. It needs lett attention and can survive in any weather condition. Preparing murere is easy. It’s boiled with local burnt ash from bean leaves, it becomes ready after some minutes and served after cooling with ugali or mashed bananas.

Sour milk is a luhya drink liked by most of the people. It’s a drink drunk by any age-group, because it contains nutritive forming microorganisms which builds up and boost body growth. During its preparation fresh milk is put in guard (Eshimuka) and left to stay there for some three to five days. The guard is shaken smoothly on the thighs to make the milk to taste sweet and smooth to the tongue. One can drink without adding sugar or add depending on one’s taste and choice. Sour milk can be drunk with potatoes, ugali, bananas, yams (nduma) or drunk without any solid food. Taste sour milk and can not miss to have it for meal as it contains proteins, vitamins and calcium in it.

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