Maize (popularly known as corn) is often thought of as a roasted or boiled roadside snack that can easily be munched on the go. Surprisingly, there are more ways to use maize that would amaze you!
Maize is one of the most common cereal grain in the world basically because of its economic importance and high nutritional content which is both useful to humans and livestock.
As a cereal that provides energy, it is rich in carbohydrate, vitamins, dietary fiber, calcium, folic acid, protein, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, sodium e.t.c. which aids digestion, helps to boost the immune system, helps in the nourishment of the skin and in general provide other nutritional benefits.
Popularly known as a seasonal street snack, it is an all-important crop which can be made into exciting African mouth-watering dishes and snacks such as Pap (Akamu), Corn pudding, Tuwo, Donkwa, Eko, amongst others.
We have carefully selected 15 amazing ways maize can be processed into edible products. I bet what you are about to read will excite you and get your adventurous hands to work.
15 Edible Meals You Can Prepare Using Maize In Nigeria
- Pap (Akamu): This is a common dish in Nigeria known for its yummy taste especially when combined with milk and sugar. To prepare, maize is soaked in cold water for 3-4 days, washed thoroughly, blended into a smooth paste and tied up in a cotton sack bag to extract every drop of water from it. After this process is done, all it requires is mixing the desired content with hot water for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is processed from the white or yellow maize. This dish can be served and eaten alone or with bean cake (Akara), moimoi or beans pottage.
- Corn Pudding: This is very similar to bean pudding popularly known as Moi-Moi. While the former is made from beans, this meal is made from fresh corn, blended and combined with ingredients such as pepper, crayfish, eggs e.t.c. It is very healthy and a great source of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and dietary fiber.
- Kokoro: This is a popular crunchy snack that can be prepared within 30 minutes using blended yellow cornmeal. With its origin from the western culture, it is rare to find street hawkers not carrying this snack around. Kokoro is very healthy and can be eaten alone or served with a cold beverage.
- Egbo: This is also a very edible way of using corn. It is prepared by cooking the grains until they become very soft and burst open. It can either be served and eaten alone or with cooked beans, boiled groundnut or coconut. This is a very common meal in the western part of Nigeria.
- Adalu: This is a very delicious meal of sweet corn and beans cooked together. It is a great source of carbohydrates and protein in one dish. Africans love to eat this meal because it provides a different taste to the regular meal of cooked beans.
- Tuwo Masara: This is a very nutritious meal which can be served in place of Eba, Semovita, and Wheat. It is made from corn flour, using the same method of preparation as Semolina and best served hot with any delicious soup. Its origin can be traced to the Northern part of Nigeria.
- Donkwa: This is a very popular street snack with its origin from the Northern part of Nigeria. It is a savory snack prepared with cornmeal and groundnuts. It requires no cooking. All you need to do is blend both ingredients together, mix with a little oil and water and mold into balls. It is a very tasty way to enjoy your maize.
- Corn Stir-Fry: This is a very healthy way to use maize. To prepare, fry 2 teaspoons of grated ginger in vegetable oil, add 1 cup of the grains, add vegetables, soy sauce and stir for 2 minutes, then serve. It can be eaten alone or served with rice, noodles or any dish as desired. Corn stir-fry is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins.
- Wainna: This is another healthy way to enjoy your maize flour. This meal which is also known as corn cake originated from the north. It is prepared by adding a small quantity of grounded maize paste into tins or saucer plates which is then cooked or heated over a period of time. It is best served hot with vegetable soups, honey or pumpkin soup.
- Elekute: This is also a very quick edible snack that can be made from maize. The grains are dried, roasted and blended into a powdery form which is then mixed with granulated sugar. It can be eaten with roasted groundnut or coconut.
- Corn Syrup: As the name implies, it is made from corn starch. This is used as a sweetener in place of sugar for edible products such as candy, bread, biscuits, soft drinks e.t.c. It is said to be sweeter and healthier than the regular sugar.
- Popcorn: This is also a very popular crunchy snack made from maize. It is prepared by heating the corn inside a deep pot with little groundnut oil and after a few minutes, it starts popping and perfectly ready to eat. Not only is popcorn tasty and economical, it is also very easy to prepare and can be made at home.
- Cornmeal Pancakes: Ever tried eating or making pancakes for breakfast? It is fast, easy to prepare and very tasty. Cornmeal pancakes are prepared the same way as the regular pancakes. The only difference here is the cornmeal flour that would be used. It is also very healthy and tasty.
- Aadun: This is a very delicious street snack which is very easy to prepare. It requires no cooking, frying or roasting. This dish is made with a combination of roasted corn flour, palm oil and spices all mixed together in a bowl, after which it is molded into different shapes. It is eaten alone or served with any cold drink.
- Akple: This is a staple food made from milled maize mixed with cassava dough. Its origin can be traced to the Ewe people from Ghana and Togo. It is prepared the same way as the Tuwo Masara and can be eaten with any of our delicious Nigeria soups such as Okro, Ogbono, Gbegiri etc. It is a great way to enjoy and use maize.
One common product that almost every meal mentioned above is being made from is the Cornmeal. It is prepared by blending already dried maize to a smooth powdery form which can be preserved in a cool dry place for use when preparing any of these corn recipes.
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