Recipe: Luwombo (Uganda’s Hangover Cure)

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As we highlighted earlier, according to some CNN research Uganda seems to lead the pace in terms of alcohol consumption in Africa. They also have there own traditional hangover cure that seems to do the trick the morning after a drink fest. If you interested in trying it out here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:
1 kilo chicken (or pork) meat
800 grams peanut butter
2 onions
4 tomatoes
1 cube chicken stock
Salt and black pepper
Banana leaves (if not available use greaseproof paper)
400 grams mushrooms
1 smoked fish
4 plantains

Preparation:
Cut up the meat and cook it in an oiled frying pan. When the pieces are brown (not cooked) remove them from the pan and set aside. Now heat up some oil in a saucepan and add the onion. After a minute also add the chopped tomatoes, cube of chicken stock, peanut butter, flesh from the smoked fish, mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. You can add a little water to form a smooth sauce. Mix all ingredients and get it to cook.
Plunge the banana leaves in boiling water, so they’ll get softer. Then remove the mid-rib and cut off the pointy ends of the leaves. Place a portion of meat on the leaf, with some sauce on top. Now fold the leaf over from both sides and tie the package with oven-proof string. Keep making these packages till there’s no mixture left.
Put all the packages in a casserole dish or a large stew pan. Add a little water on the bottom and the pealed plantains on top. Then cover the dish. Bring the whole thing to a boil and steam the packages for at least an hour.
Now remove the plantains and mash them with a fork. Serve it with the meat and sauce from the banana leaves.

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