Kwa-coco is cocoyam( a root vegetable popular in many developing countries ) that is peeled , cleaned and pureed , then wrapped in banana leaves ,steamed and served with a numerous stews or soups.
The tedious part is the grating of the coco yams using a grater. A food processor does a an excellent job grating the cocoyams , I would say, it has made my job much easier! And it will make yours too!
This version of kwacoco is a simple one to serve with sauces and stews.
- 3 pounds cocoyam (Malanga)
- ¼ cup water
- 1 -2 teaspoon salt( I used garlic salt)
- Peel the coco yams with a sharp knife, peeling away from your body carefully draw the paring knife down the body of the yam, being careful not to remove too much of the yam in during the process.
- • Look for any spoiled spots, such as bruising and discoloration, in the coco yams as you peel. Remove the spots away with the tip of the knife.
- • Cut into large chunks and wash immediately to prevent discoloration and leave them in cool water until ready to use.
- • Pulse the cocoyam in a food processor with water until puree
- • Make a square of Aluminum paper. place plastic wrap on the paper
- • Place the mixture of cocoyam on the foil paper about 1 cup.
- • Then quickly fold aluminum over it, and press sides into a rectangle shape making sure to press inwards so none of the cocoyam runs out.
- • Then fold the sides in to seal twice. Repeat the process and set them aside
- • Line a large pot with foil paper, place the cocoyam bundles in the pot and steam for about an hour.
- • Serve with mbanga soup.