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Re-imagining Nigerian Cuisine: Tapioca & Coconut Soup

by on February 6, 2015
 

With my huge batch of cooked cassava chips, I wondered what else I could do.

I considered making Aipim, a traditional Brazilian cake – dense, moist and apparently delicious. We, afterall share histories of food and more with them.  However, I wasn’t sure my cassava was of the right texture, as it was in chunky chips as opposed to grated and so I decided to venture down a different path.

That of a quick broth, flavoured with coconut and herbs, in which the chips got poached and then finished with a squirt of lime juice and crushed, roasted groundnuts.

Yum.

The Verdicthing? Think of it as a tropical broth with spice, where the cassava adds some bite and the peanuts, crunch.

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I’ll be repeating this often.

Tapioca & Coconut Broth

Serves 2
Tropical broth with warmth, spice and crunch


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Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
45 min

Prep Time
15 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
45 min

431 calories
16 g
0 g
42 g
7 g
31 g
234 g
194 g
4 g
0 g
8 g

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
234g

Servings
2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 431
Calories from Fat 351

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 42g
64%

Saturated Fat 31g
156%

Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%

Sodium 194mg
8%

Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%

Dietary Fiber 3g
13%

Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
78%
Calcium
5%
Iron
27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients
  1. 1 small onion, chopped
  2. 1 teaspoon ginger & garlic paste
  3. 1 - 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  4. 1 cup coconut milk - homemade or store-bought
  5. Chili pepper, to taste
  6. Salt
  7. Dash of fish sauce/ lime juice
  8. Tapioca 'chips'
To serve
  1. Scent or coriander leaves, chopped
  2. Crushed, toasted peanuts
  3. Lime slices/ wedges
Instructions
  1. Sauté the aromatics - chopped onions , ginger, garlic, with a pinch of salt
  2. To this, add some coconut milk - homemade or store-bought and a bit of water to thin, according to your taste
  3. Season with salt, chili pepper and a dash of fish sauce/ lime juice
  4. Let simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, then add tapioca
  5. Allow cook for an additional 5 - 8 minutes, till the chips are warmed through
  6. Remove from heat and serve with a sprinkling of scent, coriander, and/or mint leaves
  7. Finish with roasted peanuts
  8. Enjoy
Notes
  1. Make the broth how you like. It would be great with prawns and fish, particularly catfish
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calories
431

fat
42g

protein
7g

carbs
16g

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