Learn how to make mock posho/ugali using rice. This posho, served with a delicious rich and hearty stew, almost passes for the real one.
If you have been to most parts of East and Southern Africa, you will notice that maize is a popular ingredient in our diet. So much so that we pride ourselves in having multiple variations regionally. I remember my childhood dotted with multiple trips to the family garden to plant, weed and harvest this maize and then gleefully roast it by the fire or steam it overnight to be eaten as breakfast. In Fact if you have passed through the boarding school system (an educational system left behind by the colonial legacy and a type of rite of passage) on the continent, then you know that maize is on the menu 7 days a week, all school year. Rinse and repeat. Now imagine my utter shock and surprise when I realized that maize as we know it is not native to Africa. It was introduced through the transatlantic trade. It made me think of how a crop once foreign has seeped into the fabric of what we call society now. So much so that we cannot isolate ourselves from it. So as an adult I found myself craving this posho, something I once distasted in my younger years, that I decided to make a version of it using rice while in the diaspora. You will be amazed at how it almost tastes like actual posho. And with a rich hearty stew, this posho will hit all the right spots.
Posho Rice Recipe
What you will need:
- Make sure to use rice that is well sorted.
- Use short grain (regular) rice
- You can use a ratio of 2:1 of white rice to brown rice to achieve brown posho.
- You can reduce the rice in half f you are cooking for a lesser number of people.
- If you want the posho to be a bit coarse, blend your rice well but not entirely smooth.
- If you find your posho a bit hard and would like to water it down, add about a cup of water to the cooking posho, cover the pan and let the water come to a gentle boil, remove the lid and continue mingling to achieve your a desired thickness.
- Soak rice in water for 6+ hours or overnight.
- Wash the rice and drain the water.
- Add the soaked rice in a blender and add enough water to cover the rice.
- Blend till smooth.
- Place a pot/pan with 2 cups of water on fire and let it come to a boil.
- Add your smoothly blended rice to the boiling water. Stir the rice continuously to avoid the formation of lumps.
- The rice will start to thicken as you stir and eventually harden.
- keep mixing using the cut and fold method to mingle the posho until a firm meal is formed. This can take from 10-15 minutes.
- Reduce your fire, cover the pot and let the posho simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from fire and serve with your favorite rich hearty stew like this one, this one, this one, this one, or this one.
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