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How To Make Pap

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Ingredients

  • Pap
  • Fresh ginger (peeled);optional
  • Enough Water to cover

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add the cornmeal/cornflour and enough water to cover and more to allow the cornmeal to have enough water when it rises. Leave the soaked cornmeal for 48 hours or more, make sure you change the water and add another cold water to cover it.

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  2. Drain the water and add the soaked cornmeal to a blender and small inch of fresh ginger depending on the quantity of the cornmeal, you might need to add water to facilitate the blending, blend the mixture until smooth. If you're using cornflour you can skip this step.

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  3. Place a strainer/sieve then place a cheesecloth or muslin cloth into the sieve (you can use just cheesecloth or just a fine mesh to sieve) then pour the cornmeal/cornflour into it to sieve it, add a small quantity of water if you need to, and use the back of a spoon to press it through. Continue until you’re done.

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  4. Pour the strained cornmeal into a clean bowl and leave for a few hours or overnight to settle down (to separate water from the cornmeal), drain some of the water that is on the pap if you have more than enough to cover it,

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  5. To prepare the pap(Eko)

    For Pap (Eko): Scoop the quantity of pap(ogi) you want and mix with a small quantity of water (from the settled pap) and stir until it dissolves and semi-liquid pap. Bring a small quantity of water (about 1/4-1/2 cup depending on the quantity of the pap) to a rolling boil then add the dissolved pap into the boiling water.

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  6. Use a ladle or rolling stick to stir continue to stir until you have a thickened texture and the pap is cooked about 5 minutes or more.

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  7. Pour into a cup, or ramekins and cover with a fling (make sure it touches the cooked pap to prevent having a pap skin over it) and allow to cool down completely.

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  8. Serve with your favorite side.

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  9. To make Pap porridge (ogi): Bring about 1-2 cups of water to a boil, you can boil more water depending on the quantity of pap you're making, dissolve settled pap as you did for pap (eko) not too watery. Pour boiled water(be careful with hot water) into the dissolved pap and you will notice it thickens up when it rises and thickens stop pouring water and stir with a spoon. Serve with your favorite side, akara, moimoi, beans and so on. 

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Recipe Notes

If you mistakenly pour more water than you intended and you have watery pap, don't fret, place the bowl inside the hot water on the stove and stir until it thickens or pour the watery pap into a clean pot and place on the stove, stir continuously  until thickens. Make sure it is not too thick so it doesn't turn into solid pap (eko).