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Recipe Name: Akpith (corn/maize And Bean Flour Snack) Submitted by: Administrator
Source: Source Description:
Ethnicity: Last Modified: 2/22/2014
Base: Breads Comments:
Preparation Time:
Number of Servings: 6

1 1/2 Cup(s) Corn/maize meal
1/2 Cup(s) Soy flour
1 1/2 Tablespoon(s) Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon(s) Chili powder, optional
Sugar to taste
1 Cup(s) Water
Salt and pepper
Corn/maize was introduced to Africa from Latin America by the
Portuguese, mainly to provision their slave ships. The grain was
quickly accepted because it grew rapidly and undemanding in
cultivation. The name 'maize' comes from 'mahiz', the word used by the
Caribbean Taino Indians from whom the Europeans probably first learned
about the crop. in North American the English settlers were shown it
by local Indians. 'Corn' was a general name given to any grain, so
they called it simply 'Indian corn'. Columbus noted that maize was
"most tasty boiled, roasted or ground into flour". And in southern
Ghana today a common food is 'kenkey', fermented corn/maize flour
balls, wrapped in corn/maize leaves and steamed. Akpith, this recipe,
is more straightforward. DIRECTIONS: =========== In a large saucepan,
boil the water and then in half of the corn/maize meal and all the soy
flour to make a thick porridge. Add the baking powder, chili powder if
using and sugar; season. Cook this for 10 minutes over a low heat,
stirring constantly. Then remove the pan and set aside to cool for 10
minutes or so. At this point, mix in the remaining corn/maize meal and
combine thoroughly, adding water to produce a stiff dough. Now pour
enough oil into a pan or wok to give a depth of around 2 inches (5
cms), and heat up. While it is warming mould the dough into balls
about 1 inch (2.5 cms) in diameter. With the oil sizzling hot, slide 4
or 5 balls carefully into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until they
are golden brown. Source: The World in Your Kitchen - by Troth Wells *
Typed for you by Karen Mintzias From Gemini's MASSIVE MealMaster
collection at

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
Calories: 65
Calories From Fat: 26
Total Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 371mg
Potassium: 115.3mg
Carbohydrates: 7.9g
Fiber: 1.1g
Sugar: <1g
Protein: 2.4g

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