Native Jollof Acha is one of the most amazing dishes I have made with Acha in recent times. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and now it’s my default go to meal that is quick and easy to make. This is especially because the Acha itself cooks in less than 8 minutes so it’s perfect for those occasions where you want a quick but nutritious meal.
If you are new to my blog and you don’t know what Acha is, it’s a grain that looks like cous cous or quinoa but it’s smaller than cous cous and quinoa. The other name for the grain is fonio and it grows in some parts of West Africa. Some parts of Nigeria consume this grain more than others. The middle belt and the Northern parts of Nigeria consume this grain more than the rest of the country. Here are some recipes I have made with Acha, Pancake & Stir fried Acha.
When I decided to make this dish, I was going to make regular jollof acha but then i decided to do something slightly different with the dish by adding palm oil as the base and using the scent leaves for extra flavouring.
Recipe for Native Jollof Acha
1 cup of Acha
3 cooking spoons of palm oil
2 cooking spoons of blended tomato and pepper
1 small bulb of onions
A handful of chopped scent leaves
A handful of crayfish pieces
1 teaspoon of crayfish powder
1/2 cup of Shrimp
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
In a bowl, soak the acha for a few minutes and wash till clean.
In a pot, heat up your oil and stir fry your onions till translucent
Add the shrimps and stir fry for about 2 minutes.
Pour in your blended tomato/pepper mix and stir in. Season with the seasoning cubes, chilli powder and crayfish powder.
Toss in your crayfish pieces and stir and allow to simmer for another minute.
Pour in your washed acha and stir in, reduce the heat and allow to cook for about 3-5 minutes till Acha softens and the liquid is completely absorbed in the acha.
Finally, sprinkle in your chopped scent leaves, stir and leave for one minute on the fire.
Serve your native jollof acha with any protein of your choice. I chose beef and it was delicious.