Ugali, also called, Sadza, Nsima,fufu, pap, African bread or hard porridge etc…. is a type of maize, cassava, sorghum or millet flour made in Africa.
It is cooked in a boiling liquid or porridge to a stiff or firm dough – like.
It’s made using any of these flour or 2 of them at once. Like in this recipe I made it using sorghum and maize.
It’s not a full meal on itself. It’s usually served with any kind of Stew and vegetable.
It is very simple to make.
It is one of my favourite, I grow up eating it, almost every day, with cassava leaves, sweet potato leaves, pumpkin leaves, and some meat, fish or chicken Stew.
Now that I’m Vegan I replace meat with other protein Stews such as lentils, beans, chickpeas, tofu, seitan etc…..
It is so filling. Once I eat it in the morning I go for many hours without getting hungry. I usually have 2 meals per day under normal circumstances.
My husband is a missionary and I always tell him, I don’t know if I will survive in a country where there is no ugali, hahaha because I love it.
How to eat Ugali
To eat ugali, pull off a small piece of it, and roll with your hands into a ball. Use your thumb to, make a depression in the centre, then scoop the stew and eat.
8 cups of water. You can use less if you are alone or 2. This was for 4 people.
3 cups of unrefined sorghum flour
1 cup of unrefined maize flour.
1/2 tsp of salt, optional. It’s just for taste
Boil 8 cups of water in a pan
To avoid lumps, once the water starts to boil, mix a small quantity of flour with cold water then add to the boiling water and keep stirring until it forms a thick paste.
Or stir the flour in the boiling water little by little until you have a thick paste. If you are using this step be quick otherwise it will create lumps.
Now cover the pot and let cook uder medium heat for 10 miutes
Add in more flour to get a stiff or firm dough-like , mix and turn over a few times using a flat wooden spoon.
Reduce the heat, cover the pot and let it cook on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
Ready to serve, cut it using a plastic spoon or wooden spoon.
Enjoy with any Stew of your choice. To make it a full meal, serve with some protein such as lentils, chickpeas or, tofu etc….. and vegetable or green salad. Enjoy
Note: choose maize and sorghum which is not refined. If you can’t get it in supermarkets, then buy your own maize and take it to the milling so they grind it for you without removing the skin and the inner part which contains most of vitamins and nutrients.