Tamarind Tonic

When you discover that a concoction of tamarind, ginger, honey,  lemon and warm water does wonders to your body, you try as much as possible to make it part of your morning routine. And when you realize soda can be made at home, you excitedly experiment away. This is a result of taking the said concoction for way too long that you wonder what else it can be. I introduce to you this exciting tamarind tonic. Without the gin though because we are all about nonalcoholic fun! 

This drink is as simple as boiling tamarind, ginger, honey, squeezing in some lemon juice, letting it cool completely and adding tonic water. Et voilà! 

What you will need

1 C. Tamarind, peeled

1Tsp. Ginger, grated

2 C. Water

Tonic water

2 Tbsp. Honey

Juice of 1 lemon


Method

In a clean pan, add water, tamarind, ginger and honey. Bring to a boil. Keep stiring so that the tamarind flesh dissolves in the water. 

Once all the water has changed color and the tamarind flesh is off, remove from fire. Let the juice cool. Sieve the juice.  Add lemon juice and tonic water. Serve chilled. 

Your weekend plans should involve this healthy tonic!

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Soy Ginger Drumsticks

 

I realize this is probably the first chicken recipe on this blog. You see, growing up, we ate more vegetable based meals than meat. And somehow this has followed me into adulthood where most of my recipe creations gravitate towards vegetable dishes. So in an effort to challenge myself to try making more meat dishes, I present you with this quick and easy chicken dish that you will love. It doesn’t involve any elaborate procedure but is a life saver when you need a quick meal. The ginger adds a sweet spicy flavor while the soy balances it out with salty savoury goodness and the tomato paste ass a hint of sour.  Thank God for prepackaged and dressed chicken from Yo Kuku!, preparing dinner will require minimum effort.

What you will need:

1/2 Kg. Yo Kuku! Chicken drumsticks

1 Garlic clove, minced

1 Tbsp. Ginger, minced

11/2 Tbsp. Tomato paste

1 Medium onion, sliced

1 Green pepper, diced

1Tbsp. Coriander, minced

2 Tbsp. Soy sauce

Juice of half a lemon

1 Tsp. Honey

Salt

Chili oil (optional)

Observations:

  1. Make sure the chicken is fully thawed.

Method

  • In a pan, add the chicken.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except the tomato paste, onions and green pepper. Mix well.
  • Place pan on medium heat and cover. Let the chicken cook till all the liquids are almost reduced.
  • Add the tomato paste, onions and green pepper. Stir well till the chicken is fully coated with the thick sauce.
  • Reduce fire and let the chicken slowly cook till browned and the onions are caramelized. About 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with more coriander and serve hot with your favorite carbohydrate.

Any favorite chicken recipes?

This post is made possible by Yo kuku!

You can find Yo Kuku! chicken in a supermarket near you or at these Kuku Shops:

Bukoto, Near Kabira Country Club
Bugolobi, Middle East Next to Nakumatt
Kisaasi, Opposite Victorious Beauty Parlour
Mbarara, High Street Opposite Star Time

 

Green Banana Porridge

Did you know that matooke (green bananas) make some really good porridge? Me neither…well until I made this porridge. A little bird once told me that banana porridge is a thing in Jamaica. I was skeptical because I have only eaten green bananas accompanied by something savory.  This skepticism fueled my desire to try it out. Since I had no recipe whatsoever, other than bananas,milk, sugar and blend, I tried many times (3 to be exact) till I got a desired outcome. Nonetheless,  I was blown away the first time I made it. Since the weather is acting up a lot these days, I thought it would be the best time to make this porridge and enjoy in this natural soothing rich creamy and complexly flavoured porridge. 

What you will need:

3 Green bananas, peeled and washed

1 C. Water

1/2 C. Milk

2Tbsp. Honey

A drop of vanilla essence

A pitch of salt

Observations

The consistency you desire will determine the amount of milk you will need

This recipe makes porridge for one person. It can be doubled or tripled to make more. 

In this recipe used small matooke. If you have big ones, two will be enough.

Do not drain the remaining water after the bananas have boiled. Use it to mash them.

Method

Place bananas in a clean pan, add water and put on fire. Sprinkle in the salt. Let the bananas boil till soft, tender and falling apart. This will take about 15 minutes. Remove bananas from fire and mash immediately while they are still very hot and soft. Mash the bananas till there are almost no lumps left. Add the milk and stir well to combine. Put back on fire and let the porridge simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the honey and vanilla and keep stirring.  Remive from fire. Using a wire mesh sieve, sieve the pride to remove any remaining lumps (this is optional if you want smooth porridge. If you prefer it chunky, don’t sieve). Serve hot with your favorite toppings. Here I used simsim, gnuts, pumpkin seeds, some chocolate and drizzled with honey. Yum! 

Let me know when you try this out.