Kenyans love food, which is why cooking is something that is easy for them. It is not surprising therefore to find certain recipes and cooking styles only in Kenya. How people in the world cook lentil grain may not necessarily be how Kenyans do it. The ndengu and rice delicacy is a typical meal in most Kenyan homes. It is an easy to cook and convenient well-balanced meal for the whole family. Depending on where you come from, the variations of these meals are numerous. A favorite one is the ndengu recipe with coconut milk which is mostly found in the coastal areas of Kenya where coconut is available in plenty.
What is ndengu and how do you cook it?
Before you can even learn how to prepare delicious ndengu stew, it helps to understand what kind of food it is. This is a grain that is rich in protein. It is green and small in size. Most Kenyan families will have it on their menu at least every week. However, the secret of enjoying this stew which can be served with rice or chapatti is cooking it right. This is when questions on how long should I boil ndengu and how to boil ndengu right come up. If you are not keen and cautious, you may end up overcooking the grain which in turn leads to its breakage. You may end up with a mixture that is not pleasant to taste or look at. You need to know just how much water to add and how long to cook the meal for. So here is a secret on how to make sweet ndengu without straining.
Tasty ndengu recipe – ingredients to use and how to prepare
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1 cup cooked ndengu or green grams(You need to have boiled the green grams beforehand. Use enough water and keep checking to avoid letting them overcook).
- 1 diced onion
- 2 diced tomatoes
- 2 diced garlic cloves
- I medium diced green pepper
- 1 diced carrot
- ¼ teaspoon of pepper
- Frying oil
- 2 Royco cubes or any other preferred alternative
- Salt to taste
- In a pan, put oil and fry the onions and garlic together for a minute.
- To this add tomatoes, pepper, salt, royco and all other seasoning ingredients and cook until soft.
- To the mixture add cooked/boiled ndengu and stir until it is well mixed.
- Add water to the level similar to the green grams and cover
- Let it boil for ten minutes. Avoid overcooking, so you need to keep checking.
- Serve it with a meal of your choice
Ndengu nutrition value – is it a yes or a miss?
For those who value health and nutrition then this is a major concern whenever they are deciding what to cook. Fortunately, ndengu is known for its excellent nutritional value. If you are looking for something to substitute your proteins, then it is a viable option. The delicacy is a great source of healthy protein for vegetarians who get nowhere near meat recipes. What’s more, you can always prepare it in a way that you desire by adding in as many ingredients as you want.
Some people put in cucumber and zucchini. Others add potatoes to the mixture to make it thicker. You can play around with this meal to get your ideal recipe. If you are worried about calories in ndengu, then you can rest easy in knowing that it is just enough for your body. Therefore, you should not worry about the excesses that come with consuming too many calories. If you have no time for gym or workout then consider having ndengu as part of your menu regularly. It is just as great as beans and would be a good way to change and have variety.
When it comes to making food, then there is no way to make it more delicious and interesting than adding a personal touch. This is why having a Kenyan meal will never go wrong. Most people remember what their mum’s made when they were young because of that unique touch. You can never go wrong with any meal prepared Kenyan style.