Koki or Moi Moi cooked with litte or no red palm oil is practically impossible and would not taste like real African Koki. So you think? Well you’ve got to think again. This healthier Koki option tastes just as good. Check the bright color lots of red bell pepper adds to this dish, plus it also increases the nutrient content of this dish. Who wouldn’t love this low carb, low fat, high protein alternative? Eat with steamed cassava and enjoy a taste of healthy African cuisine.
Koki – The Healthier Option
500g of Black Eye Peas
500g Red Bell Pepper
2 Tsps. Red Palm Oil
1/2 Cup of lukewarm Water
5 large Banana Leaves
1 handful fresh Spinach
1 large Onion
1 large Habanero pepper (optional)
Sea salt to taste
- Soak the black eye beans in a bowl with water overnight.
- Wash beans and partially de-husk using either the classical traditional method or using the modern blender method to save time.
- Slice onion and bell peppers and add to washed beans.
- Using a grinding stone, a mortar or your food processor, grind or blend beans to a smooth paste adding water bit by bit as required. Do not add alot of water, as it may make your koki too soft, we do not want that!
- Add sliced spinach and oil into the blended beans. Make sure to warm your oil in a saucepan if oil is not in liquid form.
- Warm leaves over a fire or over a pot of boiling water to prevent leaves from tearing apart during the tying process.
- Add a good quantity of beans into the leaves depending on how big you want the bundles.
- In a large pot, place some leaves inside the pot, add 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, then add your Koki bundles. Cover and steam for 45mins, adding water as required.
- Serve with cassava or any tuber of your choice. Enjoy! This is to your health!
- 1. Do not add alot of water as it may make your Koki too watery and difficult to tie.
- 2. Make smaller bundles. This will help your koki cook faster.
- 3. Add lots of very red bell pepper. This gives your Koki that extra red color, hence you save on oil. It’s good for your health!
- 4. Use empty coconut shells in the place of leaves inside the pot before placing your Koki bundles on top. In this way you steam the Koki. Since the bundles are raised, it makes water entry into the bund