|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 23g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Hopping over to the Southern African country of Zimbabwe, cornmeal (known as upfu in the Shona language, pronounced "ufu"), alongside milled grains such as sorghum, millet, or rapoko (finger millet locally known in Shona as njera), is an essential ingredient which can be used to prepare porridge (bota) for breakfast or, as a thicker version, lunch and dinner often in the form of sadza.
If you have eaten or cooked Zimbabwean food, such as muriwo une dovi, you will find that the use of peanut butter is very prominent. The addition of a spoon or two (or a cheeky three) tablespoons of unsweetened peanut butter to a bowl of porridge adds protein to the dish, and what you will end up with is a nutty porridge known as bota une dovi (porridge with peanut butter). This is by far a much better alternative to sugar-coated processed cereals, and nut-allergy-free children just love it!
Fun Fact: In other parts of Southern Africa such as Botswana and some parts of South Africa, cornmeal porridge is known as "motogo" pronounced "moo-taw-hor."
- 4 to 5 cups water (divided use)
- 1 cup white cornmeal
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter
- Optional: milk, and sliced fruit (to serve)
- Optional: sugar or sweetener (to serve)
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Take 1 cup of cornmeal and add it to a pot. Add 1 cup of cold water to wet this and mix to create a paste.
Add boiling water, then place the pot over high heat. The amount of water required will depend on the type and quality of cornmeal, but 3 to 4 cups is a good measure. Extra liquid can be added or cooked off as needed to achieve your ideal consistency.
Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to low heat to simmer for 15 minutes. You will notice it thickens rapidly.
Care should be taken at this stage and we highly recommend covering the pot with a lid as the mixture tends to bubble and pop, which could easily cause burns if contact is made with your skin.
If it is too thick for your liking, add a few teaspoons of boiling water.
Transfer cooked porridge to a bowl and mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of peanut butter until well-incorporated.
Add sugar to taste if desired, and enjoy with or without milk and sliced fruit.