How to prepare Boule, the national dish of Chad

Ama Nunoo Ama Nunoo | Editor January 30, 2020

Boule. Photo: Wix.com

Traditional African meals are usually prepared with fresh ingredients free from all the preservatives found in prepacked meals. Markets are the focal points of most African communities and the farmers supply fresh produce frequently.

Chadian cuisines are considered some of the healthiest in the world. Northern Chad meals are influenced by nomadic lifestyles and the staples include milk, fish and meat and fewer grains.

However, the Southerners have meals from the tropical forests and tubers, fruits, spices and farm produce.

Let’s learn how to prepare Boule (Porridge Balls) said to be Chad’s national dish served with different types of sauces.

Some prefer to add dried fish, meat, spices, and vegetables like okra to their sauce. Daraba, a stew with an okra base, is generally served with these flour balls.

 

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Ingredients
4 C. water
4 C. flour (rice, maize, sorghum or millet typically)
1 tsp salt

Method
Bring the water to a boil then take a ladleful of your choice of flour. Mix to a paste with 100ml cold water then whisk into the boiling water.

Cook for 20 minutes then gradually work in the remaining flour, whisking constantly. Add salt.

You are looking for a soft dough that will just come away from the sides of the pan when stirred. Take the pan off the heat, allow to cool until the dough can be handled then shape into balls and set aside to cool a little and firm up.

Ultimately, this dish can be customized to suit the flavors preferred by the household.