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Ghana Eba Meko and Canned Sardine Tomato Sauce

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How to make Ghana Eba, Meko and Canned Sardine Tomato Sauce African recipe from scratch in your American kitchen. 

 

Eba is made with cassava flour known as Garri in Ghana


Eba is made with cassava flour known as Garri in Ghana. Traditionally Eba is used as a side dish to soups and stews in Ghana and Nigeria. Cassava is known by various names, manioc, yucca, yuca, mandioca, and tapioca. 

Nearly every person in Africa eats around 176 pounds or 80 kilograms of cassava per year especially the African countries of Ghana and Nigeria. Eba is eaten by out pulling small pieces and squeezing it lightly to form a ball with the dough to scoop sauce. Use Eba in place of your fork and spoon.

Easy African food recipe made from scratch to cook in your American kitchen.

Eba Made Easy
Ingredients
1/2 cups garri
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups water

Directions
Add boiling water in a large bowl, add salt mix ingredients together well. Too much water and your Eba will be thin, too little water and the Eba is too thick. Stirring constantly until thick paste forms. Eba is eaten by out pulling small pieces and squeezing it lightly to form a ball with the dough to scoop sauce. Use Eba in place of your fork and spoon.

Eat your homemade Eba with Meko and Canned Sardines. Meko is a fresh tomato sauce made with tomatoes, onions and hot peppers.


Meko is a fresh tomato sauce made with tomatoes, onions and hot peppers.
Meko and Canned Sardines.
Ingredients
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
1 bell peppers, seeded and diced
3 hot peppers, chopped
¼ cup palm oil
1 Maggie cube

Directions
In a large fry pan over medium heat, warm the palm oil. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Stir in the bell peppers and cook until just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and hot peppers and cook until the peppers are tender and the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes more. Season with Maggie cube. Open the canned sardines and drain the liquid, add sardines to the Meko tomato sauce and simmer 5 minutes. Serve with Eba.


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Simple Cooking Tips

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.