Nelson Mandela's Umphokoqo

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Political Leader & Philanthropist
1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela, born in 1918, is one of the most prominent ambassadors for human rights of our time. His devoted fight against apartheid in South Africa has inspired human rights defenders around the world.

Mandela was active in the political organization African National Congress, ANC, whose primary mission was to give voting rights to black and mixed-race Africans and end apartheid. Because of his opposition against institutionalised racism he was imprisoned for over 27 years.

Despite his prison sentence, Mandela had a profound influence on South Africa, and when he was finally released in 1990 he continued his fight against apartheid. This would lead to him becoming the first black South African president just four years later.

Mandela was very interested in food and had many favourite dishes. One of them was ”Umphokoqo” a simple cornmeal porridge which was a common dish in his childhood.

Photo credit: ©Jillian Edelstein

Nelson Mandela's Umphokoqo
Clarifying notes by Ankarsrum are marked in red

Ingredients

Portions: –
Metric
US
1,6 cup water
3,5 cup maize meal
amasi curds
salt to taste

Directions

Step 1

Boil water in a large pot. Add salt and sprinkle the maize meal into the pot.

Step 2

Stir with a fork to create a crumbly texture. Cover and let simmer until cooked through (approximately 30 minutes).

Step 3

Serve with amasi curds. Mix the sour curds and the dry maize meal in each individual portion. 

Curiousa

Amasi are traditionally made by fermenting unpasteurized milk in a calabash until it separates into curds and whey. The time this takes will depend on the weather conditions. In countries where no amasi is available buttermilk or kefir may be used as a substitute.

 

Tips!

Make the recipe from scratch and grind your own maize meal using the Ankarsrum Assistent Original’s flour and coffee grinder.

 

By courtesy of Anna Trapido – Hunger for Freedom; The Story of Food In The Life of Nelson Mandela

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