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DIY Recipes: How to make homemade spiced Millet porridge (Hausa Koko)

This meal can be found on most breakfast tables in Ghana.

The perfect breakfast

Traditionally, Hausa Koko is served with fried bean cake (Koose or Akara) or doughnut, known as Bofrot or puff puff.

Ingredients

1/2 cup fermented corn or millet dough

3 cups water (divided use)

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1 pinch salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon hot chilli powder

Optional: sugar to taste

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Method

  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Place the fermented corn or millet dough into a medium pot.
  • Add 1 cup of cold water and crumble up the fermented dough to make a smooth paste. Place over high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Add 2 cups of boiling water to the pot and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. At this point, the mixture may form lumps. Whisk lumps out to keep the porridge smooth.
  • Add a pinch of salt, the ground cloves, ginger, and chilli powder. Stir and allow to simmer for 10 minutes over low heat.
  • When ready to serve, add the desired amount of sugar, stir and enjoy.

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