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Ten Toes on the Ground Omo Tuo Rice Dumpling

Ten Toes on the Ground Omo Tuo Rice Dumpling Easy African food recipe made from scratch to cook in your American kitchen.

Boiled rice dumpling Omo tuo is a Ghanaian food and served with Bitter Leaf soup but honestly Omo tuo rice balls pairs with any African soup.

Ten Toes on the Ground Omo Tuo Rice Dumpling


Ten Toes on the Ground Omo Tuo Rice Dumpling.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup sushi rice

1/2 teaspoon salt


Directions

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in white rice and salt. Return to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until rice is mushy and has absorbed all the water. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Wet your hands with water so that the rice will not stick. Place the cooled steamed rice in your hand and form into a circle by pressing lightly with your both palms. Roll the rice ball in your hands a few times, pressing lightly making sure it is dense and thick. Serve with Bitter Leaf soup.


Bitter leaf Vernonia amygdalina plant

Bitter leaf alone has a bitter taste and are sold fresh or dried. The bitter leaf plant is a small tree whose leaves are green and have a strong odor and bitter taste. There are over 200 species of bitter leaf. The leaves are used to make vegetable dishes but must be washed before eating to get rid of the bitter taste.

Bitter-Leaf Smoked Fish Stew


Bitter-Leaf Smoked Fish Stew.

Ingredients

3 smoked fish, flaked

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 onions, chopped finely

1/4 cup palm oil

1 bunch bitter leaf, chopped or spinach

Water to cover


Directions

Add all ingredients into a large pot over medium heat cover ingredients with water. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour. Serve with ten toes on the ground omo tuo rice dumplings.


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Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.