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Ways of making your cassava dough tastes better

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Ever heard of cassava dough? If not, then worry not, I’ll help you make one.

Different lip-smacking meals can be prepared from the same cassava: Photo / Courtesy

Cassava, locally called mhogo have long been used in African breakfast.

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However, most of us, Kenyans, know the traditional way of preparing, which is boiling.

Using cassava dough, you can prepare mouthwatering delicacy for you and your family.

Additionally, different lip-smacking meals can be prepared from the same cassava.

Have you ever thought of making pizza bases, pancakes, biscuits, naan bread, crackers or even ugali from cassava dough?

All you need to do is simply peel it off and boil. Pound it into finer sizes, add ghee or oil, and the mhogo dough is ready.

Now, at your convenience, go on and make the breakfast of your choice using the prepared dough.

Cassava which is also known as manioc or yucca is a starch rhizome that is mostly cultivated in different parts of Kenya and Africa at large.

Note:

Even though some people prefer raw cassava, some are bitter while raw cassava has been proven to contain toxic amounts of carcinogenic glycosides which can be reduced in level by cooking it.

All you need to do is simply peel it off and boil. Pound it into finer sizes, add ghee or oil, and the mhogo dough is ready: Photo / Courtesy
Benefits of taking cassava
Source of minerals such as;

Calcium; which is important in the development of strong bones and teeth.

Iron; Helps in formation of two important proteins that is hemoglobin and myoglobin which carry oxygen to the body tissues.

Manganese; Responsible for the formation of bones, connective tissue and sex hormones.

Potassium; Necessary for protein synthesis and helps in breakdown of carbohydrates.

Rich in carbohydrates

Cassava contains about 38grams per 100grams served, therefore, it’s a very good source of energy to those who engage in physically strenuous activities.

Rich in Fiber

Cassavas have high amounts of dietary which in turn helps with constipation relieve.

Gluten Free

This is the absence of allergenic proteins which can be a substitute for rye, oats, barley and wheat.

Can be used by a person suffering from celiac disease (genetic autoimmune diseases) triggered by eating gluten.

Helps hydrates the skin

Cassava helps hydrate your skin tone and soften it. You can prepare a home facemask by mixing it with some honey or olive oil or even drops of lemon.

Removes scars and spots

Applying cassava starch on wounds and scars is essential in fastening the healing process. It, therefore, helpful to use twice a day.

Helps control hair fall off

Washing your hair with cassava can help nourish the hair from the roots to the tip, hydrate and control falling off. You will brag with long and shiny hair.

Prevents cancer

Cassava has B17 content in its leaves which helps in stimulating contents of red blood cells loss which often leads to cancer.

Many households, in disregarding the health benefit of cassava, misunderstood it as outdated and traditional food, thereby missing a good meal.

From today, courtesy of cassava dough and health benefits associated with it, you can comfortably enjoy the dough in form of your favourite food.

By George Ogallo

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