Mkate Mimina


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'Mkate Mimina' - swahili
rice cake - traditional

EXCELLENT DISH ServeD with 'Kuku

Coastweek - - This nourishing and traditional Swahili Rice Cake is
taken from 'A Taste Of Our Cooking': a special recipe collection
courtesy of the Ismailia Womens' Organisation United Kingdom.


INGREDIENTS: (serves two)

two cups rice 
half a packet (250 grms.) coconut cream
half a litre milk 
two table spoons ghee or butter
one and a half cups sugar 
half a tea spoon of cardamom seeds
 one table spoon of fresh dried yeast 
one and a half cups hot water



Preparation time: approx. forty five minutes plus minimum six hours (standing)
Cooking time: approx. thirty minutes


  1. Soak the rice for three to four hours or overnight if possible mix together half a teaspoon sugar, two tablespoons lukewarm water and yeast and allow to ferment for five to six minutes (i.e. until it becomes frothy). 

  2. Dissolve the coconut cream in one and a half cups hot water.

  3. Drain the rice. Put half the quantity of rice and half the quantity of milk, previously warmed, in a liquidiser and liquidise until smooth; repeat for the other half and mix the two together.

  4. Add coconut liquid, fermented yeast and cardamom seeds to the above, cover and leave to rise in a warm place (e.g. under a boiler or near a radiator). This can take six to twelve hours.

  5. When the mixture has leavened, whisk in the remaining sugar; divide mixture into two.

  6. Place a twenty five cms. round cake dish or a pan on low heat and put in one tablespoon of butter or ghee.

  7. When hot, pour one half of the mixture into this, cover and cook on lowest heat possible until the mixture thickens and dries (approximately seven to ten minutes).

  8. Then place under a medium grill to cook the top until golden brown.

  9. Allow to cool before easing out of the dish.

  10. Repeat instructions seven to ten for the remaining half of the mixture.

  11. Serve with 'Kuku Paaka' (SEE UNDER 'KUKU TUU' RECIPES) or on its own.


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contributions - If you have a favourite 'traditional' recipe that might go 
down well along the East African Coast, do send it in to us and we can 
share your pleasure and treasure with our readers around the world.






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