How to Prepare Pap

Written By Helen Nneka Okpala on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 | October 16, 2018

Pap - The Igbos call it akamu while the Yorubas call it Ogi. Pap is made from white or yellow corn or related cerals like millet, and many others. You can actually mix corn, millet and other cereals for a rich pap. To produce pap from scratch, you need to soak the maize overnight for three days, while changing the water every morning after which you grind three times and then sieve. You place in a bag to drain the water. That becomes the raw pap. 

Because it's already starchy, many families serve it alongside proteinous dishes like akara (beans balls), moi moi, okpa, etc.

Pap is prepared just the way you prepare custard. It seems simple, but not everyone knows how to prepare pap. For a smooth pap, follow the following directions: 

How to prepare Pap (Akamu/Ogi)
1.Mix the pap with water until it’s fairly thick.
2.Boil water and pour in a round direction, over the pap mixture.
3.As it thickens, stir until the mixture attains your choice consistency.
4.You can add more boiling water and stir, if it is too thick.
5.You can add sugar or honey and serve with hot okpa, akara or moi moi.

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About Helen Nneka Okpala

Hello! My name is Helen Nneka Okpala (nee Eke), and you are welcome to my blog. I love cooking food as much as I enjoy the eating. I am Igbo by tribe, and fell in love with cooking when I was in my teens. Meanwhile, I am a graduate of Botany/Library and Information Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. You can reach out to me here: Twitter: @helensfood


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