All about Garri


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The word “Garri” originates from the Hausa language
in Nigeria. It describes powdery material in form of flour grain. It is made
from cassava tubers.
Garri is water soaked snack called Garium-Sulphide
or cassava flakes. It can also be eaten raw.
Garri is one of the most common foods in Nigeria and
West Africa due to its affordability and availability.
   In
order of preparation, we have two types;
White Garri: This Garri is processed without palm
oil. It is popularly known as Ijebu Garri.

Education Health Keeping it real Uncategorized  All about Garri

Yellow Garri: This Garri is processed with palm oil.
It is popularly known as Ibo Garri.

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In order of texture, we
have three types;
  • Rough
  • Medium (as a snack)
  • Smooth (lebu)
Various ways of eating Garri
include:
1. 
Eba: This is stiff dough prepared by kneading Garri in hot water. It is
eaten alongside with various soups such as Okra soup, Egusi soup, Banga soup,
Vegetable soup.
Education Health Keeping it real Uncategorized  All about Garri

2. Kokoro: This is a common snack
from mixing Garri with paste of maize and flour and deep fried.

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3. As a Cereal: Garri can be soaked
in water (it’s better to use to cold water) and eaten with various items such
as;
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Peanuts
  • Groundnuts
  • Milk
  • Beans
  • Beans with palm oil
  • Akara
  • Moi-moi
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Coconut
  • Suya
The possibilities are endless.
Garri cuts across diversity and
what was once seen as a poor man’s food is now widely accepted by people of
every socio economic status whether rich or poor. Garri also cuts across
ethnicity and religion.
Sweeter type with fine grains are
much preferred to be drank while sourer type with coarse grains are much
preferred to make Eba.
Garri is rich in fiber, calories,
copper, and magnesium. It also contains quantities of sodium, fat and protein.
However when consumed in excessive
quantities, the cyanide present in it can cause eye defects.
Nevertheless it remains the most
loved food for its loyal consumers.

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