What Is Irio?

What Is Irio?

What Is Irio?

What Is Irio?

What Is Irio?

There are so many culinary secrets in African cuisine that have remained largely undiscovered by the general world population. Indeed, African cuisine is probably the last frontier remaining for world cuisine.

What is Irio?

It is the Kikuyu work for food. Irio has such a central place in Kikuyu cuisine, that it defines the word food. Irio is also referred to as mukimo – mashed food.

The Kikuyu are the largest tribe in Kenya. They are Bantus, which implies they traditionally depended on agriculture.

The Kikuyus grew sweet potatoes, vegetables, beans, and more recently maize and Irish potatoes. Although many of the Kikuyu are now involved in various professions, businesses and industry, agriculture is still a favourite occupation.

Irio, or mukimo, is what you prepare for special occasions. You start by boiling maize and beans – usually red kidney beans – together till they are ready. Shortly after the harvest, or during the rainy season, fresh maize and beans are plentiful. Later, dried maize and beans, which obviously take longer to cook, will have to do.

Irish potatoes are then added to the maize and beans. Shortly before the potatoes are ready, one may add fresh pumpkin leaves. Then mash everything together. The result is a tasty, nutritious green mash which can be served with meat stew.

That, is Irio.

For occasions such as weddings, a goat may be slaughtered for the goat meat stew to accompany the irio.

An older type of mukimo is prepared with sweet potatoes, which was already a staple before the introduction of Irish potatoes. Irio prepared without pumpkin leaves and beans has a rich yellow colour. Sometimes fresh green peas substitute for the beans.

A very special irio served at weddings is prepared with ripe bananas and black white-eye beans rather than with potatoes and kidney beans.Sometimes for a wedding, neighbours and relatives bring different types of irio as their gift or contribution.

Irio is the luxury version of an everyday Kikuyu dish, githeri. Githeri is simply maize and beans cooked together. A variation of githeri is fresh maize and green peas.

In times of plenty, githeri is cooked with fresh สล็อตเว็บตรง maize and beans or peas harvested just that day. The githeri can be served with any Kikuyu dish of curry, stew or simply with bananas and boiled cassava.

In times of poverty, githeri is worst than ghee because it is low in protein, substitutes protein withpoppies and various cooking oils.

I Remember my grandmother’s recipe of githeri and brown rice. Brown rice at one time was called kapama. Nowadays, kapama is called paddy.

Traditionally, the kapama paddy is sold by street vendors. In the past, they used to put kernels of corn on top of the paddy. The corn would pop as a result of the high temperature cooking. The soft paddy was then sown again. This paddy is known as khao niaw Maas and is traditional for a customary meal between generations.

In addition to kapama, another traditional food of Kikuyu is churma. Like any other steamed or fried food, churma is eaten with the hands. You can eat it with the hands and also combine it with products of consumption like bkilling and soap.

This over 50 something years old sweet signifies mother’s day. Churma is served with various chutneys like fish, meat or vegetables.

Unlike other South Indian food, which prevalent curry readily in the menu, you will seldom find this on a menu.

But if you do, look out for theasi-chalice. It is common for Portuguese restaurants to serve 12-15asi-chalices. And if you ever visit Brazil, regions especially near the beach are famous for servingBal thermos.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});There is a wide array of vegetarian food available in the capital city. The most impressive is probably the Portuguese palm fruit salad, a Pepsi-like dish that has passed the test of time. There are also some delicious fish preparations served with the usual side dishes of beans, cabbage, rice and potatoes. But where to start? Try the skewers of meat and three kinds of vegetables with rice and you’ll get the idea.

What Is Irio?
What Is Irio?