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Kanjika - Nigerian jello like sweet

Yes! this is a refined version of Eko or agidi and it's known as kanjika. Kanjika is a tasty jello-like sweet made from fermented corn starch and coconut milk. It can be eaten alone as a snack or soaked in milk, just the way eko is soaked. The best part is, you could give it any shape, colour and flavor you want to. I used a heart shaped mold for the kanjika in the pics and also 3 basic colors; red, blue and yellow although the coloring part can be skipped. It's really easy to make and kids would also love to take part in the fun. 

How to make Kanjika
Prep time:  
5 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Inactive:     2 hours
Total time: 2 hrs 13 mins

• 5 heaped tbsp. Pap “Ogi/Akamu” (Fermented corn starch)
• 3 tbsp. Sugar
• 2 cup coconut milk
• 1 tbsp. Coconut - Grated
• 1 tsp. Nutmeg – Grated
• 1 tsp. Vanilla flavor – Optional
• ¼ tsp. Food coloring - Optional

Step 1: Mix the pap with coconut milk and sugar

Step 2: Add the flavoring to the mixture and stir thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a pot and place on a burner. Stir continuously for about 6-8 minutes till the pap thickens. Once it thickens, add the grated coconut (if using)

Step 3: Pour into decorative molds and allow cooling and solidifying for about 2 hours. You could also add different colors to the kanjika. Serve as dessert or snack!

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  1. Dobby, this dish looks delicious, I'd love to taste this!. My wife and I love to try new foods. We also love to cook. Is this something that you could make at home? I'd want to find really good authentic ingredients and make it from scratch. http://deeskus.com

    1. yes this is something you can make at home.

  2. This looks nice. What would substitute for those decorative moulds?

    1. You could pour it into a dish and let it set before cutting it up into squares.

  3. Hmmm Dobby nwannem! You are a genius! Wow! I'm definitely trying this out!

    1. Gracias Ada :). Do let us know how it goes k

  4. I just found this blog and it's the bomb. More power to your elbow Dobby

    1. Thanks nneoma. glad to have you here.

  5. Hi Dobby, how do you ferment the cornstarch

  6. My grandma taught me how to make kanjika. It is a Brazilian dish popular amongst Isale Eko people. I actually confirmed the authenticity of the recipe from a Brazilian friend. They spell it - Canjica. Thanks for bringing back happy childhood memories

    1. Thanks for the clarification Anon.

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