Steamed groundnut pudding popularly known as groundnut Mboh in Cameroon 🇨🇲 is a very Savory dish.
Traditionally it’s made by first stir – frying the groundnut over medium heart. It is then blended finely in a food processor and garnished with spices like dried crayfish, stock cubes, salt to taste and onion which is very optional. Tied in warmed washed banana leaves or leaf which are biologically called Thaumatococcus Danielli. In the diaspora if you can’t lay hands on those leaves you can use the foil pepper. We have an artistic method of shaping this leaf before pouring or placing this fine blend delicious goodness inside to prevent leakage and to hold well during the steaming process. I used to watch my mom artistically fold the leaf for the different African puddings since most of our puddings are tied in leaves.
Many people from the western world have always asked us why we prefer wrapping some of our food in a leaf before steaming. The secret is that; the leaf we use adds to the beautiful taste and aroma of our cuisines after steaming.
Let’s get to the prep and cooking process;
Author: Annuchka Queen
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time : 55 mins
- 1.5 kg of dried groundnuts / peanuts
- 2 habanero pepper
- 1/2 cup of dried crayfish
- 2 stock cubes
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Onion ( optional )
- 3 cups of warm Water
- White pepper.
- Fry groundnut over very low heat. Make sure you stir from time to time to ensure that all groundnuts are well fried or bake groundnuts in the oven over medium heat until well baked.
- Remove from heat and keep to cool for 5 to 7 mins.
- In a food processor, blend groundnuts until smooth. Add some water while blending to facilitate the blending process . Then keep aside.
- Grind dried crayfish, pepper and onion.
- Combine blended spices with groundnut paste, mix thoroughly to incorporate all spices for a good taste.
- Tie in warmed banana leaves or aluminium foil paper.
- Steam in a pot or a steamer for 25 mins
- Serve with Cameroonian, sweet potatoes, casava, bobolo, miondo