Pap is a light well known cornmeal prepared from wet cornstarch In Africa and especially in Nigeria. The simplicity of this meal makes it the choice of many people. However, if you're new to preparing it or if you don't know how to prepare it well, it will turn out watery.
You might have this recurring problem in preparing pap, so you might ask:
"How can I prepare a thick and smooth pap just like my Mumcee does?"
Well, it's not hard or impossible. The secret is To make your Pap thicker, you’ll need to add the right quantity of warm and hot water, Otherwise, the pap will turn out watery.
The steps in pictures.
In this article, I'll be guiding you step by step on how to prepare your pap perfectly. But before you start, you'll need to get the following ingredients:
*The pap in the correct quantity that you need.
*Evaporated milk (like Dano, Luna, three crown, or peak milk). It's the best milk for pap. Whole milk, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk are not too nice for pap. If you're making the pap for your baby, use baby milk.
*Sugar to taste. Again, if you're preparing it for your baby, don't add sugar.
*Milo or bournvita.
*Warm water in small quantity.
The steps to take in preparing it:
Set a kettle of water on heat. Allow the water to boil as you do the remaining procedures.
Put some lumps of pap of the desired quantity in a cup or bowl. Make sure the container is way bigger than the lumps. This is because boiling water would cause the Pap to rise during the preparation.
Crush the lumps with a spoon, add small warm water, then keep stirring until the pap is a thick and smooth all through.
You have two goals here. First, make sure the texture is as thick as possible. The number one reason pap gets watery is because of adding too much warm water at this stage.
Secondly, mix everything well so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the mixing cup or bowl. This will help prevent your pap from having lumps.
Once the water boils, start pouring the hot water into the bowl slowly, in a circular manner and at the same time, keep stirring the mixture in clockwise. This is important to prevent lumps.
When the mixture starts to set, remove your spoon, and stop adding the boiled water. Once the mixture comes together completely, leave it for some minutes.
Now, stir the pap very well. If it's too thick, add a little more boiling water until you get the level of how thick you want it to be. Be careful not to add too much water, or else the pap will go watery.
Then you can add any evaporated milk of your choice, Milo and sugar to taste. There you are.., your pap is ready to serve.
Pap goes well with fried plantain, akara, moi moi, pancake, fried yam, fried potatoes, ewa agoyin or normal beans, okpa, etc.
While pap is easy to prepare, getting it right can be hard, for the first time. Keep practicing and once you master it, preparing pap will become a breeze.
Thanks so much for joining me in this Do it yourself, hope you enjoyed and understood it. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section. Please do like the article and please do follow me for more articles. Thanks once and again, God bless.
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