Muufo/Mkate wa Mofa

Servings : Makes 5-6

This delicious bread is of Somali origins. It’s known as Muufo in Somali, but in E/Africa it is more commonly known as Mkate wa Mofa (which means Mofa Bread). The bread goes wonderfully with any soupy type of curry of your choice, basically anything with enough gravy will taste ten times better if had with this bread!

My personal favourite albeit quirky way of having this (coz my mummy used to do this for me when I was a little girl lol), I break the muufo into tiny pieces in a bowl, then add some HOT milk into it, enough to cover the bread pieces. Then, using the bottom of a heavy glass, I mash it up (yes a GLASS, coz otherwise it doesn’t taste the same :P) Once it’s all mashed up, I then drizzle it with some melted butter and sprinkle some sugar over it and enjoy it with a spoon. Trust me on this, YUM!!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose/plain flour
  • 1/4 cup maize flour (unga wa sima)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1-1 1/2 cups WARM water

Instructions

Put all the dry ingredients into a big bowl. Stir together so that everything is well-combined. Then gradually add the warm water whilst stirring. Once it is of a slightly loose-batter consistency, stop adding water and mix the batter very very well using either your hand or a whisk. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and store in a warm area for about 2 hours. The batter will double in size and be filled with bubbles.

Heat a tava or small frying pan. Dab a tissue in some oil and give the surface of the tava/pan a light wipe. Using a serving spoon, scoop up about half a cup of batter and pour it on the pan, trying to shape it so that it is round. Cover the tava/pan using a saucepan lid. Keep the heat on low and let it cook for about 2 minutes. Remove the cover and check the surface of the bread, it should have small bubbles all over. Gently lift and have a peep to check the under-side, if it is nice and brown, flip the mofa over and dab it with about half a tsp. of oil. Cover again and let it cook for another 2-3 minutes or until it looks done. Remove and store in a clean kitchen towel until ready to serve. Continue with the rest of the batter, remembering to give the tava/pan a quick wipe in between mofas!!

Enjoy! 🙂

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