Gari fotor is a popular Ghanaian dish made from cassava dough (gari) and a flavorful stew. It is a staple in many households and is often served with fried fish or chicken. Here’s how to prepare gari fotor:
- 2 cups of gari (cassava dough)
- 2 cups of water
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon of ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of coriander
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cups of spinach or kale, chopped
- 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
- In a large bowl, mix the gari and water together until you have a smooth, even texture.
- Cover the bowl and let the gari sit for about 5-10 minutes to allow it to absorb the water.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger to the skillet and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
- Add the smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander to the skillet and stir for about 1 minute to release the flavors.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and broth to the skillet, and stir until everything is well combined.
- Cover the skillet and let the mixture simmer for about 5-10 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft and the broth has reduced slightly.
- Add the chopped spinach or kale to the skillet and stir for another 2-3 minutes, or until the greens are wilted.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Add the gari to the skillet and stir until everything is well combined.
- Serve the gari fotor with fried fish or chicken, or enjoy it on its own.
- You can use any leafy greens of your choice in this recipe, such as collard greens, mustard greens, or Swiss chard.
- Gari fotor can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, steam it for a few minutes until heated through.
In conclusion, preparing gari fotor is a simple and flavorful process that is perfect for a filling and nutritious meal. With some basic ingredients and a few easy steps, you can enjoy this traditional Ghanaian dish in your own home.