Since pantry surfing and discovering the pack of Fonio (Acha) I had previously forgotten, I have been having fun with it. And I particularly find Acha Porridge (Acha Pudding) delightful. It is a lot better than eating Oats hands down. And absolutely more nutritious too. Blended to flour you can make baked goods and swallow (Tuwo Acha) from it.
Fonio is so easy to cook, I found online a Bambara saying “Fonio never embarrasses the cook”. And I intend to cook it in so many ways both sweet and savoury. I particularly really enjoy eating Gwote, a staple eaten in Plateau State, Nigeria and Fonio Pancakes too.
To make Fonio/Acha porridge (pudding) you need
- ½ cup Fonio/Acha
- 2 cups water (or Coconut milk)
- Sugar (optional)
- a pinch of salt
- *¼ tsp cloves powder
- ½ tsp ginger powder
*asterisked items are optional but recommended
- Bring water or coconut milk to a simmer (Coconut milk is my personal preference)
- Add Fonio (clove and ginger powder)
- Turn heat down
- Stir till translucent, add sugar or sweetener
There are so many ways you can serve your Fonio/Acha porridge (Acha Pudding). Though I recommend a side of fruits.
It makes for a great power up breakfast. Check out the recipe for Rice Pudding while you are here, you will like it.