Thursday, 10 December 2015

Mogo Bhel (Boiled cassava salad)





Mogo or better known as cassava or yucca is a very common vegetable eaten in South America, India and also African countries. In East Africa cassava is a staple just like potatoes are in the west.

Cassava root is long and tapered, the vegetable has a thick outer brown skin and a white flesh. The tough outer skin/ rind  has to be peeled before cooking. It can be eaten boiled, fried, mashed or dried made into flour too. It is also known as Tapioca. Cassava roots are high in starch and contain lots of calcium.It is high in vitamin c , folic acid and potassium.

Bhel is an indian name given to a street food type cold salad / snacks made with any vegetables such as potatoes, chickpeas, corn  and is garnished with onions tomatoes, crunchy puffed rice and served with a dressing called chutney.


We eat cassava a lot in our household, the easiest and tastiest way to cook it is to boil it and eat it as a warm side salad or snack.I am sharing here my simple yet yummy Cassava Bhel recipe cooked in my new ThermoCook. You can boil the cassava on the stovetop  in a normal way too.




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Mogo Bhel (Boiled cassava salad)
African style  mogo, spicy, tangy and garnished with red onion, green and red peppers and coriander leaves.
Ingredients:
  • 480 g Frozen Cassava
  • 1/2 each Red pepper /Green pepper/ Yellow pepper
  • 1 Small Red onion
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Mild Olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 Red chilli
  • 2 sprigs of fresh coriander
Method:
1. Place the frozen cassava chips in the thermocook and add 150 ml water.Add 1 teaspoon salt and the turmeric powder and cook on boil function for 25 minutes or until cassava is fully cooked and soft.2. Cut the red onion in half and slice it into thin slices.3. Dice the peppers into small pieces.4. Slice the red chilli into thin round slices.5. Chop the coriander finely.6. Once the cassava is cooked remove from the thermocook and discard any water.7. Pat the cassava dry with kitchen paper and cut it into 1cm diced pieces.


8. In a large bowl put the chopped cassava, sliced onions, diced peppers, lemon juice, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, chilli powder, red chillies, olive oil and chopped coriander and toss together. 9. Transfer to serving plates and serve warm or cold.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings

I cooked my cassava in the ThermoCook which I have been trialling. I love the versatility of the ThermoCook.

What is the ThermoCook?

ThermoCook is a multi-function cooking appliance that has loads of functions. It consists of a large 2 litre stainless steel power blender that blends as well as cooks and steams.  It has over 20 functions that include stirring, steaming, kneading, cooking, blending chopping, whipping, mixing, emulsifying and milling.

The Optimum ThermoCook includes auto-programs that are pre-set to make Smoothie, Quick Soup, Thick Soup, Chop, Sauté, Stir, Steam, Stew, Warm, Reheat, Boil, Yoghurt, Rice, Porridge, Kneading. You can also use the ThermoCook to create your own recipe and save the programme to come back to it again and again.

If you like the sound of the ThermoCook this is what it comes with:

• 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – Includes Return Postage
• 2.0 Litre detachable stainless steel jar for blending and cooking 
• Butterfly and kneading blade 
• Stainless steel blade assembly 
• Large 70x50mm LCD screen 
• Separate Precise Glass Scale 
• Soft silicon rubber spatula 
• Simple pre-set auto programs and unique DIY program 
• Adjustable timer and temperature gauge 
• Dishwasher proof (non-electrical parts only) 
• Comprehensive recipe book 

Currently the ThermoCook is on special offer at £549.00, it may sound steep for a gadget but trust me it really does do everything it states and much more. You can actually prepare your whole meal using this one gadget.Think of all the washing up you will save.

If you want to take advantage of this awesome gadget you can check it out here. 

For more recipes using the ThermoCook do check  some of these awesome recipes by my friends.
Apple and mixed Berry Jam
Pineapple and Coconut Thermocurd
Coconut and Medjool date balls
Curried Vegetable Soup

48 comments:

  1. Ooh, this looks exactly like something I'd eat. I'm pretty rubbish though with cooking and I've got to be honest, I've never heard of cavassa before! Is it something you can pick up at the supermarket?

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    1. You can buy it in Asian Supermarkets in freezer section and also large super stores stock it in freezer section in Oriental foods section.

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  2. I have never eaten casava before. Love the little bowls (Kingston!) by the way.

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  3. You are right we bought the bowls in Kingston.

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  4. I've never eaten cassava before - love this recipe nice and colourful.

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  5. I have never tried African cuisine before but love trying out new foods. This is next on my list.

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  6. I keep seeing cassava in Asda and I always mean to pick it up. I might do that today actually.

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  7. I love how I learn so much more than just a recipe when I read your posts - and great photography too!

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  8. Wow, I've never heard of Cassava although a Yucca I picture as a large plant in my front room as a student. I'm going to order some and give it a try. You make it look really yummy in your photo's and I'm always on the look out for new veggie food to try

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  9. Wow, I've never heard of Cassava although a Yucca I picture as a large plant in my front room as a student. I'm going to order some and give it a try. You make it look really yummy in your photo's and I'm always on the look out for new veggie food to try

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  10. I've not heard of this vegetable before but it looks lovely in your salad.

    And wow! Th Thermocook is a great piece of kit huh?

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  11. I have to admit (shamefully) that I have never heard of it. And also that for some reason when I hear Tapioca I think of rice. But it looks great, and as a vegetarian I am always looking for new recipes and foods, we don't get that many!

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  12. How colourful! My boyfriend would love this recipe he loves spicy tangy flavours xx

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  13. I've never had cassava but now I'm intrigued! This dish looks incredible!

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  14. I've never had cassava but now I'm intrigued, this dish looks delicious especially with the red onion which is a new favourite of mine!

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  15. That salad looks so yummy, healthy and colourful :) Delicious food x

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  16. I would love to try this recipe. Looks delicious.

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  17. I've never tried cassava at all, but this is the sort of food I would enjoy!

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  18. This looks wonderful, I have never had Cassava but seem to remember my geography teacher Sister Regis talking about it in a Geography lesson once!

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  19. Forget the food, those glass dishes look devine! :)

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  20. This looks lovely. I have bookmarked this recipe. Will need to give it a try

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  21. I love all the different things you can make in your Thermocook. There isn't much choice of exotic vegetables round where I live but I'll have to see it I can find it where my Mum goes to get her spices.

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  22. i can eat mogo anyway, love this idea of bhel, will try soon with my own spin

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  23. This looks lovely and must say the bowls add to the presentation, just love them!

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  24. It has been years since i have had Cassava and this looks just delightful x

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  25. I have never heard of this before - it looks delicious. Kaz x

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  26. hmmm... to be totally honest I have no idea what Cassava is... off to google more about it

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  27. I have never heard of or tried cassava before, but I would love to as it sounds very interesting!

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  28. This is very interesting - I don't think that I've ever eaten cassava. I love the design of your dishes, they're really pretty.

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  29. Oooh I've never even heard of cassava before let alone tried it! I'm goingto try and hunt it out though as this looks lovely x

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  30. We've been experimenting with different salads lately (tried a Shopska salad last week) would definitely like to give this one a go too x

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  31. Shockingly I've never eaten cassava. This looks delicious though and you've plated it up beautifully.

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  32. I'm hanging my head in shame as I've never (knowingly) eaten cassava, however it's now firmly on my foodie bucket list :)
    Janie x

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  33. I've not knowingly tried it, but I like the idea of having a go.

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  34. I've never tried cassava, is it similar to yams? It looks really tasty!

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  35. I've never tried cassava, but I'll try anything at least once, and definitely more if I like it :)

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  36. This looks so colourful and delicious!

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  37. Never heard of boiled casava before! I've definitely tried this before but can't say it's something I cook or crave regularly at all. Great to see new and different ways of trying this!

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  38. I've heard of cassava before but i'm yet to try it! This looks lovely!

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  39. I eat cassava a lot, we even use the powder in a thick paste that we eat with soups (west african) But this recipe sounds amazing! I look forward to trying and sharing with the family

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  40. I never heard of the vegetable before, but the cassava salad looks great. I will definitely try to find it in the supermarket.

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  41. Cassava is something I didn't grow up with but I really should start experimenting with it. This dish looks lush.

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  42. I'd never heard of cavassa either - but I'd love to try it! This looks amazing!

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  43. I've never had cassava before but this sounds really interesting and so full of flavour!

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  44. what an interesting recipe I would love to try this

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  45. Had cavassa when I was in Ghana and really enjoyed and it is readily available in this country now

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