Sunday Breakfast: Finger Millet Porridge


I grew up with Rwanda in the news when it was synonymous with genocide; but I always suspected that this beautiful Eastern African country ‘adorned with hills, lakes and volcanoes’ was so much more than its horrid and unimaginably painful past.

These days Rwanda is becoming known for premium coffee grown on small hilly farms many metres above sea level.

The coffee I brew at home is from Rwanda and I get it from a lovely coffee shop, and it’s really, really good coffee.

Then there’s the millet flour I get from the little African store on Kingsway, it too is from Rwanda – it’s ground from unhulled African finger millet they call uburo.

This flour is a little grittier and the flavour is nuttier than the much popular pearl millet.

When I use this flour to make the traditional Ghanaian spiced porridge (Hausa koko), it’s darker and bolder – a little full-bodied, if you may.

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I make this porridge quite often on weekends, alternating between this flour and the pearl millet variety, which is lighter with a smoother taste.

I prefer this finger millet porridge; it’s a little more complex and the spices give it a luxurious depth, I make it with lots of coconut milk and nuts and a warm bowl of this porridge on Sunday mornings is deliciously heartwarming.

The recipe for this porridge can be found here; finger millet flour is in Indian grocery stores too as Ragi flour, and there’s a similar porridge from India called Ragi Malt.

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  • Reply Fawn at Cowen Park Kitchen

    Love this. I’m traveling to Rwanda this June and actually recently made (pearl) millet porridge last week. It was lovely with a bit of honey and dry roasted peanuts. Thanks for sharing!

    15 April, 2013 at 3:18 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Enjoy Rwanda! I’m so jealous – can’t wait to read about your adventures. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      15 April, 2013 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Elsa

    I just noticed my email sign up thing it no longer up there, silly thing took itself off – I’ve put it back (top right). Yes, matchstick should be on ‘our list’ it’s an awesome coffee shop.

    22 April, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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