ABOUT THE DISH
Let’s move to the Central region of Cameroon!. Today let’s cook one of their favorite dishes called ”OKOK”. Gnetum spp is a sub-spontaneous liana in forest fallows. Many refer to the Gnetum spp leaf as Eru or Okok meanwhile those are actually dishes made out of those leaves. Yeah i know it’s a little bit confusing but just note this; we use the Gnetum spp leaf to cook Eru and Okok!
The leaves of Gnetum spp are used as a disinfectant for wounds. Gnetum spp is used to treat hemorrhoid. The fresh leaves are crushed and used to neutralize the effects of alcohol. The “Bulu” use the leaves to treat cold. The leaves of Gnetum spp increase blood production in the human organism. These leaves are also used for the treatment of the spleen.
- Gnetum spp leaves (chopped)
- Groundnut (ground)
- Palm nuts
- Sugar (optional)
- crayfish (optional)
- Concerning the ground groundnut, it should be fried in a skillet or pan for about 10mins then grind it. It should not be ground till its a paste!
- The Gnetum spp leaves, after cooked with the palm nuts, should be kept in a colander.
- Wash the palm nuts well. Put it in a big pot and cook for about 10mins.
- Put your Gnetum spp leaves in a plastic bag and add it to your palm nuts in the pot. leave it to get cooked for about 25mins.
- When it’s ready, pound your palm nuts in a mortar in order to extract its juice.
- When you have extracted the juice, put in a pot (medium or big, depends on the quantity you wish to cook) and let it boil for about 20mins.
- Add your ground groundnut, salt and crayfish (optional) in the pot and mix it to be homogenous. Leave it to get cooked till you notice your groundnut is ready (there’s no specific period for its cooking, just keep tasting until you notice the groundnut is ready).
- Add your Gnetum spp leaves bit by bit into the mixture till it suits you. Turn or mix it well and leave it to cook for about 30mins.
- Some may add sugar in order to have this saltishly-sweet taste (Yeah i think i just created that expression:) Taste it until it suits you.
Usually eaten with Bobolo or cassava:) Serve Hot!!!
I hope you try this recipe and enjoy the meal like i Always do:)