One popular dish from Togo is “Akpan,” a delicious cornmeal porridge commonly eaten for breakfast or as a snack. Here’s a recipe for Togolese Akpan:
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Grated coconut, for garnish (optional)
- In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
- In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal with 1 cup of water to create a smooth paste.
- Slowly pour the cornmeal paste into the boiling water while stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook the mixture, stirring constantly, for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens to a porridge-like consistency.
- Add the coconut milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract to the saucepan. Stir well to combine and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the Akpan cool slightly.
- Serve the Akpan warm in bowls, garnished with grated coconut if desired.
Akpan is a comforting and tasty dish enjoyed in Togo. It can be served as is or accompanied by fresh fruit, nuts, or a drizzle of honey for added flavor. Enjoy this authentic Togolese recipe!