Cassava In Coconut Milk/Muhogo Wa Nazi
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RECIPE: CASSAVA IN COCONUT MILK/MUHOGO WA NAZI
Cassava In Coconut Milk/Muhogo Wa Nazi is a very simple but very flavourful dish from the coastal region of East Africa. Also known as muhogo, mogo, tapioca or yucca. In fact, this dish is cooked in thin coconut milk with salt, green chilli and a bit of ginger. That is all it needs. When the cassava is done, thick coconut milk or cream is added. Add a bit of lemon juice or not, this dish is usually enjoyed on its own. Sometimes it is served as a side along with meat dishes.
Muhogo is cassava and nazi is coconut. In the Gujarati language tui is coconut milk so it is also called tui varo mogo. Kenyan coastal dishes over the years have acquired both Arabic and Indian influence. Cassava is widely used as a main dish because it is grown at the coast, is cheap and full of carbohydrates. Its a poor man’s energizing dish, keeps the tummy full for longer period of time as a little goes a long way. Also it provides energy to get through hard laborious work.
My family loves to have muhogo was nazi whenever we fast on Ekadashi days. I allow the cassava pieces to simmer over low heat till it is done. It is important not to boil the mixture as the fat from the coconut milk will spread.
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First Published on 04/02/2014. Updated on 8th Aug 2019
Cassava In Coconut Milk/Muhogo Wa Nazi
This dish does not need many ingredients. The cassava has to be fresh and not stringy. I really don’t know how to choose good cassava. I totally depend on Julius our house help to do that for me. Most say that the cassava harvested during the rainy season is not good. Cassava from different parts of the world is different so follow your instincts. Normally, if your cut off the tip the inside should appear milky white. If there are black spots, lines or discoloration then the cassava is old.
Cassava cooked in coconut milk is like a meal on its own. Some have it for breakfast, some with mahamri or along with a meat dish. My family loves to have muhogo was nazi whenever we fast on Ekadashi days. I allow the cassava pieces to simmer over low heat till it is done. It is important not to boil the mixture as the fat from the coconut milk will spread. Tastes delicious on its own or with some farari chevdo or muhogo crisps (cassava crisps/chips).
Some More Recipes Using Cassava
Garlic Chilli Mogo – a delicious, spicy starter dish.
Mogo Chaat – is a delicious snack. Mogo is prepared in a gravy and topped with fried mogo crisps and peanuts.
Fried Mogo – cannot miss having this whenever we go to Lighthouse. It is famous as street food in Mombasa. Fried cassava sticks are sprinkled with salt and red chilli powder with a generous drizzle of malimau (lime).
Muhogo Bhajia/ Cassava Fritters – have grown up enjoying these with some chutney. Brings back so many fond memories – my mum dished out hot bhajias for our huge family and never complained.
Ingredients Required For Cassava In Coconut Milk/Muhogo Wa Nazi
Cassava – tapioca, mogo, muhogo, yucca. Make sure you choose fresh cassava. The flesh should be milky white without any blemishes and discoloration.Can use frozen one too.
Coconut – need thin and thick coconut milk.
Green Chillis – add paste or finely chopped according to your taste.
Ginger – paste or grated.
Salt – add according to your taste.
CASSAVA IN COCONUT MILK/MUHOGO WA NAZI
- 600 -700 g cassava approx. 4 cups of mogo chunks
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp green chilli paste or 2 -3 which are cut into big pieces
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 large fresh coconut
- 3 - 3½ cups water
- Grate the coconut. Put the grated coconut in a liquidizer with 1-1½ cups of water. Process it.
- Put the mixture in a sieve and squeeze out the milk. Now you have the thick coconut milk. Keep that on the side till required.
- Put the coconut back in the blender. Add 2 cups of water and process again.
- Put the mixture in the sieve and squeeze out the milk. This is the thin coconut milk.
- Peel, wash and cut cassava into chunks.
- Put the cassava chunks, thin coconut milk, chilli, salt and ginger in a deep pan.
- Allow the cassava to cook over low to medium heat. Stir frequently so that the cassava does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- If required you may add some water.
- When the casava is cooked and the mixture becomes a bit thick, add the thick coconut milk.
- Mix and serve immediately.
- If you don't want to use fresh coconut then use canned or packet coconut milk to cook the cassava and then add coconut cream.
- Adjust the spices according to your taste.
- Make sure the cassava is white and not discoloured or with black specks.
- Fresh cassava gets cooked within 20 minutes.
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