Acha/Fonio is a grain in the millet family widely planted and cultivated around West Africa; I will say it is a cross between couscous and quinoa both in texture and appearance. I grew up eating Acha in different forms, Like Pate (porridge), Acha pudding and Acha Jollof.
This grain is so healthy, nutritious and has a lot of medicinal value because it is gluten free and has two amino acids (cysteine and methionine) which is highly recommended for those with diabetics.
I recently discovered how to make bread with it, like how amazing is this grain? Honestly, I think if this grain becomes more popular around the world, it will defeat quinoa.
Today we will be making one of my traditional foods (pate) widely eaten in the northern part of Nigeria. I am making my pate a little different because I like to explore with food and it doesn’t have to be boring.
Food has become so diverse in recent times. I like how people have become so creative with it, not sticking to the conventional way of cooking particular meals.
I am on a journey to achieving a healthier looking skin, reason why I am on a meat fast, so I will be using prawns instead of the traditional cartilages/biscuits bones and meats used for pate (feel free to use meat of your choice) . Here is a step-by-step process to making it.
- 1 Cup Acha/Fonio
- 3 Atarugu/Scotch bonnet
- 2 Medium Tatasai/Chile peppers
- 1 cup Mushroom
- King Prawns (as you desire)
- A cup Carrots
- 2 seasoning cubes (Knorr)
- Salt to taste
- 1 fresh tomato
- 1 teaspoon of crayfish
INSTRUCTIONS/ HADA WA
Step 1. Wash and season your prawns, then stir fry with salt and black pepper for 2 minutes and set aside
Step 2. Wash and Blend your chilli peppers, scotch bonets, onions and tomato and also set aside.
Step 3. Wash your Fonio/Acha using calabash or a deep bowl (be sure to wash properly to remove stones/sand) then set aside
Step 4. Steam your carrots and mushrooms for like 2 minutes
Step 5.Pour all your blended peppers into your pot and add about 5 cups of water and allow to boil for 5 minutes
Step 6.Add your King prawns,steamed mushrooms,carrots and season with your knorr cubes and allow to boil for another 2 minutes
Step 7. Add your fonio and stir for 3 minutes.
Step 8. Wash your green vegetables(kale) and add to the mix. Reduce heat and allow to cook for another 2 minutes
Step 9. At this point you can add salt if needed.
This recipe can serve 4 people, I usually eat this for dinner because it is really light and ideal for a night meal.