Making Kontomire and Apem

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Written by:Zoe on: June 27, 2013

This one is quick, simple and delicious and you can make a veggie version by omitting the fish without detracting from the full Fanti flavour

Ingredients:

1tspn Salt

Taro Leave

4-5 Tomatoes

2 Cooking onions

4 bulbs garlic

6-7 Kpakpo Green Peppers

1 small bag of Agushi (Melon Seeds)

3 Small smoked herring (or fish of your choice)

1 small smoked mackeral (or fish of your choice)

Half a cup of Zomi palm oil

3-4 Green Plantain

Method

Wash all of your fresh ingredients, dice the onion and garlic, roughly chop the tomatoes.

In a pan steam / wilt the taro leaves and kpakpo peppers

Once steamed, grind the leaves and peppers together with salt

Heat the palm oil and add the onion, garlic and tomatoes (you can blend these if you want a very smooth texture)

Once the onions are sautéed, add the fish

After heating through for about 20 mins (this fish is smoked so already cooked) add your grounded taro leaves mixture

Stir through and leaves on a low-medium heat

Add 1-2 cups of water to the Agushi, mix until it resembles scrambled eggs then add to Kontomire pot

Put a separate pot on the stove to boil slightly salted water

Peel your plantain and add to the boiling water for 15-20 mins – you want the plantain to be firm on the outside but soft inside – test with fork

Once boiled you can blanche with cold water to make sure they are firm

That’s it!

How to eat:

Using your hands scoop up the Kontomire with the Apem – boiled plantain

It’s bloody tasty!

 

Kontomire or Taro leaves

Kontomire or Taro leaves

Kontomire leaves & Kpakpo

Kontomire leaves & Kpakpo

Assorted Fish

Assorted Fish

Fish

Fish

Grinding Kontomire in Assanka

Grinding Kontomire in Assanka

Konomire and Apem

Konomire and Apem

Kontomire in

Kontomire in

Fish in

Fish in

Grinding Kontomire in Assanka

Grinding Kontomire in Assanka

Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic

Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic

Steamed Taro and Kpakpo

Steamed Taro and Kpakpo

Agushi - Ground melon seeds

Agushi – Ground melon seeds

Green Plantain

Green Plantain

Taro leaves, Agushi and Fish

Taro leaves, Agushi and Fish

Apem

Apem

Finished Kontomire

Finished Kontomire