Let’s stick with the easy recipes theme, yeah? I’ll ratchet it up with my South Africa post.
If you are still looking for an easy and fast meal and I did not convince you to make Lebleli last night, good. Skip that. Make this. It’s easier. And better.
In Chad, millet is the absolute staple. (Chad is the world’s 7th largest producer of millet). I simply made mine like rice: boil water, add grain, simmer until tender and no excess water. Oh, yeah, and a little pat of Earth Balance.
As for the squash and peanut mash, it’s too easy to even call a recipe. Your secret weapon: frozen, cubed squash. Saves you the oven and knife time.
Heat a tablespoon of oil (I used peanut oil) in a pot. Add in your bag of squash–mine was about 1 lb. Cook until heated through. For every pound of squash added, toss in a cup of crushed peanuts (food processor holla!) Add 1/2 tsp sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Serve on top of that simple millet. If you cannot get millet, rice will do. Rice is also a mainstay in Chadian cuisine. I added some slices of green onion for garnish.
This is my new mac ‘n cheese. Au revoir (French is an official language of Chad, you know), la sauce de fromage artificielle.