Vegetarians & healthy foodies rejoice! Fonio is here to add some serious jive and be an addition to your healthy eating choices. When I bought Fonio from Abaabuw, I was nervously excited, so excited and nervous that I didn't touch it for awhile.
But I couldn't hide from it any longer and ﬁnally pulled it out from the fridge for an excelsior moment with this superfood. Fonio is a variety of millet but much smaller and more nutritious and also faster growing. It's the Flash of whole grain family 🌾 🌾 💨 . There are also two types of Fonio: Black & White Fonio and for this recipe I used the Black Fonio also known as Iburu.
Before using Fonio, wash it through a mesh several times to remove any grits. Due to the size of the grains, using a ﬁne mesh to sieve is your best option to prevent any escaping grains. Five washes can do the trick. After washing it through, cover for ﬁve minutes and let it rehydrate
To steam fonio, use less water in comparison to the amount of fonio to be cooked. So if you want to cook 1 cup of fonio, your water should be a quarter cup. If you use too much water the fonio will come out very splotchy and mushy and you don't want that. Nope.
Spoon in the fonio and stir through. Cover and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Take off the heat and keep covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork after the 10minutes and serve with Tumeric sauce.
The taste of Black Fonio is similar to one between couscous and a slight ﬂavour of gari. But after cooking it deﬁnitely comes out more like couscous. 1 cup of fonio is enough for three adults as a dinner meal choice.
Excellent dinner, great experience. Can't wait to see what I else I can make with Fonio.
What You Need:
- 1 cup of Fonio
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Wash fonio in running water ﬁve times in a mesh.
- Allow to sit covered for ﬁve minutes to rehydrate
- Boil 1/4 cup of water with salt added in
- Add in Fonio and allow to steam for 3 minutes.
- Take off ﬁre and cover for ten minutes.
- Fluff with fork and serve with sauce of your choice.
Have you tried fonio before? What was your experience? Please share in the comments below