Mokimo

MokimoTo meet her newest grandson, Simon’s Cucu (pronounced sho-sho), his grandmother from Kenya, came to visit.  In an attempt to make some Kenyan food, Patrick and I darted around the kitchen and made mokimo, a dish that combines potatoes, corn and greens, as well as a chicken curry that a website told me was “Kenyan” (not sure it really was, but either way, it tasted great).  It was a delicious family dinner that I hope you will enjoy.  Granted my mokimo wasn’t spot on for a traditional texture, but it was yummy!

Here’s what you need:

2 very large potatoes

3 ears corn

2 heads greens (we did kale, but a more traditional choice would be something that breaks down more easily, like pumpkin leaves)

2 tablespoons butter or oil (or more to taste)

salt and pepper to taste

Here’s what you do:

(1) Cook the potatoes.  We peeled ours, cut them up, and microwaved them until they were soft.

(2) Cook the corn.  We shucked ours, placed a damp paper towel on top, and microwaved for about 3 minutes.

(3) Prepare the kale.  First, we steamed it by removing the leaves from the stems, putting them in a dish with some water in the bottom, covering the leaves, and microwaving for about 3 minutes.  Then, we blended the leaves in a food processor.

(4) Prepare the dish.  First, mash the potatoes with the butter or oil and salt and pepper.  Then stir and mash in the kale or other cooked greens.  Finally, stir in the corn.  Then further season with salt and pepper until it tastes good.  (You can also stir in mashed beans if you like!)

Enjoy!

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