African salad | Abacha
A few weeks ago I was in Chicago for a friends wedding. I helped cater the wedding and had to make a quick run to the African food store to get some ingredients. When i got there, while looking for crayfish, I saw abacha and ugba. I almost caused a scene with the squeal that came from my mouth! I was so excited because a few months ago, I had asked a friend to bring me ugba and abacha from Nigeria but he forgot them in the fridge while he packed. Finding it when I was not actually looking was such a joy! I was so excited to come back home and finally make abacha for my blog! Now what is abacha? Abacha is made out of dried shredded cassava. Cassava that has been processed can also be turned into garri or tapioca. The remaining parts that are sometimes not used for garri ( a major source of carbohydrates in Nigeria) instead of thrown away, are dried and then shredded resulting in abacha.
I remember having abacha or African salad as it is popularly called when I was very young. My mother had bought it and brought it home and had only giving me about two spoons worth and I was hooked! After that first experience it took about 10 years for me to taste abacha again and the taste was just as heavenly! Going to Nigeria last Christmas, I made sure I found a place that sold it and quickly asked for a recipe. As usual it was difficult to get recipes with proper measurements so I had to try it a few times with different measurements and thankfully I got it right on my second try! I had mine with some fried fish (Yes I spoiled myself that day) and it was all SO delicious! Here is my quick and easy recipe! I hope you do try it if you have access to abacha and ugba!
Regarding everything I used in this post, I either got them from Nigeria, the grocery store in Toronto or from grocery store in Chicago, Check you local African store for the ingredients or ask a family member. They might be able to help..:D
Have a great week guys and if you do try this recipe, please let me know! I really love the pictures too! I am travelling for work again later in the week and might be MIA till next week but I would try and schedule a post in my absence!
Till next time,
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