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Ramadan Recipes, with Acha

by on June 14, 2016
 

I’ve been cooking a lot of Acha – everyone in mia familia loves it, picky eaters included.

It is a great grain – available, inexpensive, gluten free, easy to cook and super nutritious. I mean, how good can it get?

Here are a few ways we’ve had it –  as porridge (least favourite but take 2 on the way), in pancakes (I rather like) and in a Pilaf. Next on the list? Popped Acha, like popcorn.

Acha is perfect for Iftar – it can be combined with an array of fruits, vegetables and meats to produce filling and nutritious dishes.

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Here are a few ideas:

Make Porridge

Soak and then cook Acha with milk and a pinch of turmeric till soft, like oats. Cooking it with milk (rather than adding at the end) creates a really lush porridge. Top with dried fruits and nuts.

Make Pancakes

Add cooked acha or leftover porridge to pancake batter. I’ve experimented with various proportions and really like it.

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Acha pancake, pawpaw chutney, scrambled eggs and cashew caramel

With these, you can go sweet – with a fruit salad and nut cream on the side

Or savoury with baby spinach or other greens, pawpaw chutney, pulled goat meat and peanut butter sauce!

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Make Acha Pilaf

A combination of vegetables – this season add corn, ube and groundnuts – and acha make a delightful dish.

{Acha Pilaf recipe}

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What’s your favourite way to eat Acha?