TOGO: AKPAN

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:

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal with 1 cup of water to create a smooth paste.
  3. Slowly pour the cornmeal paste into the boiling water while stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and cook the mixture, stirring constantly, for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens to a porridge-like consistency.
  5. Add the coconut milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract to the saucepan. Stir well to combine and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the Akpan cool slightly.
  7. 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!

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