"Wimbi" is a Swahili term for finger millet, a nutritious and gluten-free grain that is commonly grown and consumed in East Africa and parts of India. Finger millet is known for its health benefits and is often used to make porridge, flatbreads, and other dishes.
Finger Millet Porridge (Wimbi Uji)
Finger millet porridge is a traditional and nutritious breakfast in East Africa. It's often enjoyed as a hot and comforting start to the day.
1 cup finger millet flour (wimbi flour)
3 cups water or milk
Sugar or honey, to taste (optional)
Pinch of salt
In a saucepan, bring the water or milk to a boil.
In a separate bowl, mix the finger millet flour with a little water to form a smooth paste, ensuring there are no lumps.
Slowly add the millet paste to the boiling liquid while stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring as the porridge thickens. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until the porridge reaches your desired consistency.
Add sugar or honey and a pinch of salt to taste.
Serve the finger millet porridge hot, optionally with milk or a sprinkle of ground nuts on top.
Finger Millet Flatbread (Wimbi Chapati)
Finger millet can also be used to make delicious and nutritious flatbreads that can be served with various dishes.
2 cups finger millet flour (wimbi flour)
Water, as needed
Pinch of salt
In a mixing bowl, combine the finger millet flour and a pinch of salt.
Gradually add water and knead the mixture to form a smooth dough. The amount of water needed will vary, but aim for a dough that is not too sticky.
Divide the dough into small portions and shape them into balls.
On a floured surface, flatten each ball into a thin, round flatbread using a rolling pin.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat.
Cook the flatbreads on the skillet for a couple of minutes on each side until they puff up slightly and develop golden brown spots.
Serve the finger millet flatbreads (wimbi chapatis) warm with stews, curries, or chutneys.
Both of these recipes showcase the versatility of finger millet (wimbi) and how it can be used to create nutritious and flavorful dishes.