Atadwe " milk" is a tiger nut pudding made in Ghana with tiger nut milk extracted from the nuts and blended rice or rice flour. It is a light dessert that goes well with spicy foods.
When I was gathering Ghanaian recipes for fun a few years ago, I was told that " Atadwe " milk is difficult to produce. When I asked how to make it, not one, but three or four people said the same thing. If I was serious about learning how to make it, one lady even suggested I move in with her for a week so she could teach me. Since they make it to sell, l am sure they were protecting their recipes.
My mother' s mate, whose mother used to sell " Atadwe " milk, then came around last month. I am not sure how it happened, but the topic turned to " Atadwe " milk, and I happened to be nearby, so we are now here: tiger nut pudding, also known as " Atadwe " milk.
To get as much milk out of the tiger nuts as possible, all you need are solid muscles. To make it easier, we will use proportion and ratio.
For every cup of tiger nuts, you will need half a cup of uncooked rice. You can use any kind of rice, but a friend of mine suggested plain rice over flavored rice. Rice flour is said to work just as well, but I have not tried it yet.
2cups of tiger nuts(soak overnight)
1/3 cup of local rice (soak overnight or for 4hrs)
1/2 cup of dark brown sugar or syrup of caramelised sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
4 cups of water (as needed)
In a food processor or a very sharp blender, combine water, tiger nut, and rice.
To remove the milk, strain through a fine- mesh strainer. To extract more milk, add water to the chaff and blend it again.
To catch any excess chaff, put a cheesecloth or silk scarf over the strainer and strain it once more.
Stir in the brown sugar or caramelized sugar syrup and the salt.
Using a whisk or a rubber spatula to stir it constantly in the same direction over medium heat.
Stir constantly until the sauce has thickened and no longer tastes raw. Switch off the stove.
To cool, pour into a serving glass.
It can be served hot or cold, and with or without evaporated milk.
Tiger Nuts Have Many Benefits
1. It Is Nutrient- Dense.
Tiger nuts are high in nutrients and plant compounds that are beneficial to the body.
The amount of nutrients they contain varies depending on the form. Tiger nuts come in three different colors: black, brown, and yellow.
On average, one ounce (28 grams) provides (1):
Calories: 103– 121
Fiber: 2– 7 grams
Carbs: 9 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Fat: 7– 9 grams
Vitamin E: 278% of the daily value (DV)
Iron: 13– 40% of the DV
Phosphorus: 9– 11% of the DV
Vitamin C: 2– 8% of the DV
Magnesium: 7% of the DV
Zinc: 5– 7% of the DV
Potassium: 3– 5% of the DV
Calcium: 1% of the DV
2. It Aids In Digestion
Tiger nuts are high in insoluble fiber, which can help with constipation and digestion. To prevent painful gas or bloating, gradually incorporate them into your diet.
3. It Has The Potential To Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Tiger nuts are also high in the amino acid arginine, which can help with blood sugar regulation by increasing insulin output and sensitivity. Tiger nuts can aid in the control of blood sugar levels.
Notes On The Recipe
After making and serving, " Atadwe " milk or tiger nuts pudding may become watery and ruined. To avoid this, stir in the same direction during the cooking process. Serve in individual serving bowls that have been thoroughly washed, preferably glasses for longer storage.
To make caramelized sugar, melt white sugar in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat until it reaches the perfect dark caramel color.
If you make it ahead of time, add some water to avoid crystallization. To stop any burns, use extreme caution when making this.
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