Last month, students who raised funds to build Schools for Schools projects came to visit Uganda and learn more about Invisible Children programs, the history of northern Uganda, and Acholi culture. Doreen gave them an introduction to Ugandan cooking, teaching them how to prepare dishes like boo and malakwang. Doreen even agreed to share her recipe for malakwang with the rest of the world – read on and try preparing it at home.
From the kitchen of Akidi Doreen Onen: Malakwang (Acholi Favorite Meals)
Perfect for serving with millet bread, sweet potatoes and cassava
Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves: 10 people
5 bunches of malakwang (leafy green, like spinach but a little more sour)
½ kilogram of g-nut paste (peanut butter)
1 Tbsp salt
6 C water
Step 1) Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan
Step 2) Add malakwang, let it boil for 20 minutes or until malakwang is tender
Step 3) When it’s tender, remove and drain
Step 4) Get another clean saucepan, add 4 cups hot water; drop in the g-nut paste or peanut butter. Use a wooden spoon for mixing. Stir the water and g-nut paste until the paste is well mixed.
Step 5) Drop in the drained malakwang and continue stirring until malakwang is well mixed into the g-nut paste.
Step 6) Add in salt to taste, serve warm or cool.