Cassava has, for a long time, existed in the traditional African recipe. The tuber crop, which comes in handy for its roots and leaves, used to form a great meal companion for our great grandparents– no wonder their robust health and fulfilling lives!
In this article, we are going to review the benefits that comes with cassava flour, its uses in Kenya and just exactly how you can make a fantastic recipe for a loving one, a guest or whosoever– you know who you would go for so cheers.
A brief about cassava
Cassava flour comes from the root of the cassava plant which thrives in the tropics. There are two types of cassavas: sweet and bitter. The bitter type contains a large amount of the chemical cyanide, which is poisonous. Thus, bitter cassava cannot be eaten raw and therefore should be properly grounded and heated.
Cassava flour is a product of the root which is white in colour when its brown covers are peeled off. It is used in delicacies in at least 80 countries and a stable food to at least 800 million people across the world.
Making cassava flour
Making cassava flour could be as easy as writing your name and this is how you would go about it:
Benefits of cassava flour
Cassava flour comes along with a myriad of benefits for human health among other usefulness.
Good source of carbohydrates: We all need energy to get moving. This energy comes from foods rich in carbohydrates. Cassava flour is loaded with this essential compound presented in a palatable form. In fact, cassava flour has double the amount of calories found in every 100g of potato flour.
Contains resistant starch: Resistant starch is not digested in the small intestines. It proceeds to the colon where it aids in feeding beneficial bacteria, ferment and protects a person from inflammatory issues such as constipation, Crohn's disease and diarrhea.
Weight loss: You have a disturbing weight gain that you would like to get over? Worry not! In putting up a lifestyle that encourages you to shed off a few pounds, cassava flour comes in handy because eating it helps you feel fuller by reducing the levels of the hormone that causes hunger.
Gluten free: People sensitive to gluten, a protein found in wheat, can find cassava flour a great alternative because it is free from it.
Wonderful eyes: Cassava flour is good source of vitamin A compounds such as bararotennya which are essential for health of the eyes– it prevents poor eyesight and blindness.
The traditional touch: Apart from the health benefits outlined above, cassava flour gives you that traditional touch needed in every kitchen in Africa! This will take you back hundreds of years ago when you would sit down around a three stone fireplace, your grandma cooking you a hearty meal while narrating to you about dreaded ogres in the forest.
Uses of cassava flour
Cassava flour has a lot of uses in Kenya. This is elaborated in the points below:
Recipe for Cassava Cake
Here are the ingredients you need:
This is how to go about with your ingredients:
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Written By; Samuel Ondori