Black millet ugali with meat

Making black millet ugali in Khabakaya Primary school and Rise&Shine special school.

In Kenya, ugali is the name for the most common mealtime starch: a thick, stiff porridge made from white cornmeal or red millet.

Ugali is a very simple dish of milled white maize, cooked with water until it’s very stiff and pulls away from the side of the pan. It’s served in big floppy slabs together with meat and vegetables.

Traditionally, ugali was made with millet – a rich and nutritious grain. But when cornmeal, or maize, found its way to the African continent, it became even more popular as a grain staple.

Millet is a gluten-free grain that is nutrient dense and fibre-rich. It is linked to good heart health, diabetes management, gallstone prevention, in fact, it ranked as one of the world’s healthiest food.

The traditional way to eat ugali is to gather it up in small, thumb-sized balls, pressing it together with the tips of your fingers. Then you make a small indentation on one side and use it to scoop up meat, vegetables, or stews. It’s a substitute for any sort of cutlery at traditional Kenyan tables.

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Gladys making black millet ugali in Rise&Shine special school
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Serving the food in Rise&Shine special school
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Sophia in the kitchen of Khabakaya Primary school
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Almost ready to eat
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Hygiene is essential! Washing hands before eating in Khabakaya Primary school

Ingredients for black millet ugali:

1)dried cassava

2) some sorghum

3) black millet

4) roasted meat (red meat)

5) omufume (dried special grass)

6) little bit fresh milk

7) enough salt

Recipe: Bring to boil some water and salt. Add flour to your liking and then spin over very low heat. Cook for about 40 minutes.

Materials:

https://healthylivingkenya.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/how-and-why-to-eat-more-brown-ugali/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53

http://www.thekitchn.com/word-of-mouth-ugali-76209

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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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