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Microwaving Garri to make eba, makes microwave eba a possibility. Did you know you can microwave Garri instead of the traditional method of boiling hot water and adding the Garri into the hot water.
What is Garri?
Garri is a carbohydrate based popular West African food made from cassava tubers. Cassava is processed by fermentation before it is pan fried to produce garri. It is one of the Nigerian staples. It is a very versatile food that is cosumed in various ways.
Types of Garri
- Yellow Garri: This is white Garri but with the addition of palm oil during the frying stage.
Various ways to enjoy Garri.
- Garri can be snacked on as is.
- It can be eaten like cold cereal on a hot day just put some garri in a cereal bowl add cold water or lukewarm water and ice cubes, sugar, roasted peanuts and powdered milk (optional) mehnnn….
- Garri is used as a thickener for some dishes Like the Ghanaian red red the addition of Garri to the beans dish to thicken it while eating is one of the ways to enjoy beans.
- Garri is one of the swallow options eaten with various soups. In the swallow form garri is referred to as eba by the Yorubas and this is where our microwave Garri comes in
Which ever way you want to eat garri it is enjoyable. More so for someone like me in diaspora. I never miss soaking garri when I have a fresh batch of roasted peanuts straight from naija. If you are non Nigerian and are interested in knowing what soaked garrison is all about, head over to this post and get the full gist of “soakis” For the purpose of this post, we will be making garri into swallow aka eba in the microwave.
How to make microwave eba
The steps in the process shots will guide you.
Pour Garri into a microwave safe bowl
Add some water and drain, add some more water enough to cover the top of the Garri.
Cover bowl and pop it into the microwave
Microwave on high for 4 – 5 mins
Bring out and stir like you would when you are making eba the traditional way like in no 7 in the process shots and video below.
Watch how to stir the ebahttps://www.mydiasporakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/img_4470.trim_.mov
Make sure to hold bowl with a mitt. It will be hot.
Like I mentioned above traditionally, garri is made by pouring boiling water into a bowl, then you pour the garri into the water, decant and stir. But today I would be making garri in the microwave. I kind of prefer this method because it gives the garri some stretch like amala (swallow made from yam flour). The down side I would say for this method is that i juice don’t think it would do so well with a large quantity. I may be wrong. Alright Let’s get started?
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- For 2 Cups
- 2 cups of garri
- 5 cups room temp water divide in a ratio of 3 1/2 and 1 1/2
- 1 cup to cook with
- Measure out the garri into a microwave safe bowl.
- Pour in 5 cups of water and drain excess
- Pour in another 11/2 cup of water, stir cover the bowl lightly and put in the mirowave immediately garri soaks up liquid fast so you have to be fast too
- Microwave on high for 5 minutes
- Open the lid and stir like you would on the stove top. The yummy garri is ready to be eaten with any soup of your choice.
- Serve immediately or wrap in saran wrap and put in a warmer for later. Enjoy?
For 1 cup
- Use pour in 2 1/2 cups of water
- Drain excess then add an extra 1/2 cup then cover and put in the microwave for 3 mins then proceed as above
- Serves 2
- Serving suggestion:
- Ogbono soup
- Okro soup
- You can store left over wrapped in a saran wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- I couldn't figure out how to get the nutritional info for eba. Besides the fact that African foods don't have enough data base to pull from, Garri is a product of fermented cassava. The carb content will be considerably reduced due to fermentation ( which is a good thing )