Banku and Fish – Ghanaian Style

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The country of Ghana is home to some of the best food in the world with a variety of foods straight from mother nature herself. Here’s a recipe for a popular Ghanaian dish: banku and fish.

Ingredients 5 tomatoes 1 bell pepper 1/2 red onion 1 clove garlic 1jalapeño pepper a little ginger, minced if fresh 4-5 handfuls of bank dough fish, meat, or chicken (we used 2 cans of sardines)

Dice 1/2 red onion, 1 bell pepper, 1 tomato. Set aside.

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Heat 4 tomatoes (sliced), garlic, jalapeño pepper (sliced), and ginger over medium heat. Add a cup of water, to cover the pan, cover and heat for 2-3 minutes. Tomato should not be fully cooked.  

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Pulse hot ingredients except tomatoes for a few seconds in blender. Add salt to taste. Add tomatoes. Pulse a few more seconds.  Pour into pan off heat.

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Drain oil from fish (if using canned fish). Top tomato mixture with canned sardines or fish.

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Scoop 4-5 handfuls of banku dough into a pan.

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Add a cup of water mix with banku. Mix until it is a thick paste. Add more water if necessary in small increments. Add salt to taste. 

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Stir banku and water over high heat until firm and golden yellow about 10-15 minutes – could take longer or shorter depending upon the heat and amount of banku. 

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As it firms, knead the banku by flattening it. Cook evenly on all sides until firm and golden yellow.
       

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finished                                        
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