We thought it'd be neat to introduce you to a brand new feature: One Mango Tree EATS.
It'll be a column teaching you all about the local foods and how they're prepared. Before living in Uganda, I really had no idea what sorts of foods were prepared locally. If you're anything like I was or you've visited a million times, this is for you. We're really excited about it, so sit back and enjoy... or if you're extra-awesome, get out your cooking utensils.
Let's begin! The first we're featuring is one of our favorites. It's local cabbage and long-grain white rice. This will serve 2. Simply double the portions to serve more. Prepare the white rice as directed. Here's how you can make the local cabbage:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 head of Cabbage
- 1/2 large Tomato
- 1/2 red Onion
- Garlic (1-3 cloves to your liking)
- 4 Tbl. spoons of Olive Oil
- 2 Tbl. spoons of Salt
- 2 Tbl. spoons of Curry powder (or a meat-flavored powder)
*the women use something called "Roico" here
Slice the head of cabbage into two halves; you will only use one half. Hold the half with one hand and using the other, use a knife in a downward motion to slice the cabbage into thin slivers (they can be long or short but it's very important they are on the thinner side).
Chop the tomato, onion, and garlic. Drizzle the 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and begin to fry the onion and garlic. (The tomato will be tossed in later.)
Toss in the cabbage. Cover the pan and for about 2-3 minutes, let the cabbage cook down a bit. Toss in 2 tablespoons of salt and curry/flavoring of your choice. Feel free to add more to taste.
As you let it all marinate together, it will continue cooking down. Let it simmer for another 4-5 minutes until the cabbage is tender. Toss in the tomatoes.
Serve alongside the white rice. If it's nearby, the Acholi will DEFINITELY add slices avocado atop the rice and cabbage. Seriously delicious... from the mouth of an American (whatever that means).
Ta da! Pat yourself on the back and chow down... or just continue sitting there. More to come! :)