In Ghana, many households have adopted the style of keeping some necessary foodstuff at home which they can fall on at anytime.
Some have named them ‘emergency’ foodstuff.
They are mainly non-perishable goods and so there is no problem keeping them for a longer period of time.
Here, YEN.com.gh brings you seven of these food items; and yes Gari is number one on every family’s list!
1. Gari. It is the most popular and commonest food widely eaten by almost everyone not only in Ghana. It is made from cassava.
Due to its popularity and affordability, it is highly patronized.
There are jokes around it; one is that even though it is not advertised; Gari sells more than any other food items one can think of. Unsurprisingly, Gari is kept on the shelves at some super markets, competing with other ‘valuable’ products.
It can be eaten in different ways preferred by the individual. Gari can be eaten with sugar – ‘Gari Soakings’, or with stew – ‘Gari Fortor’.
Gari can also be prepared using hot water – ‘Eba’ and eaten with soup, stew or shito. Our Nigerian brothers are notable for this.
In senior high schools, Gari is held in high esteem. It has even earned the name ‘Student Companion’ or 'Agyenkwa' meaning saviour.
Almost everyone, regardless of social status has made friends with Gari at a point in time. Truly, Gari, indeed, is a friend to all.
2. Corn dough: Second on the list is corn dough. It is derived from maize.
In Ga it is called ‘Ma’ and the Akans call it ‘Mori’. Corn dough, like gari has multi-purpose.
It can be used for banku, porridge, akple, and others.
3. Cassava flour. Locally known as ‘konkonte’ or ‘face the wall’, cassava flour is another common household food item. It is obviously made from cassava.
It is a delicacy best enjoyed with any flavour of soup, particularly groundnut and palm nut soup.
4. Rice: Most people do keep bags of rice in their homes. It is usually the quickest meal to prepare aside from gari.
Rice can be eaten with stew, soup, shito. It can also be made into rice balls commonly called ‘Omo Tuo’ in Ga or ‘Emu Tuo’ in Akan. This also can be eaten with any flavour of soup. It can be used for porridge too.
5. Beans: Beans is also a common household food item, particularly in the homes of the Number 9 brothers, or the people from the Volta Region.
It is usually boiled and eaten with fried plantain. Or it can also be used to make stew and eaten with yam, gari, rice and others.
6. Corn Flour: This is common in the homes of the brothers from the North. They use it to prepare their number one delicacy ‘Tuo Zaafi’
7. Palm Oil: Most household have bottles of palm oil sitting in their kitchen. It has a wide of uses. For example, it is said to be very effective in fighting poison. So when a child accidentally swallows any poisonous liquid substance, he or she is made to drink some amount of palm oil.
Palm oil is used for cooking, frying, and others.
Keeping all of these or some of these food items at home has also been said to be effective for the family’s budget. It helps to cut down expenses on food, according to popular views.
Try this style and share with us your views.
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