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What Somali People Eat Are Healthy or Not?!!
« on: January 13, 2008, 08:08:28 PM »
Family meal is still the norm.
Frying is the most common method of cooking.
Lamb or goat meat is considered the best meat to eat.
Tea is the most common drink with lots of sugar.
Drinking 4-6 cups of sweet tea a day is common.
Homemade cakes are often eaten as snacks.

In the list of foods below, the dietitian considers:
Malawa, Chapathi, Roti Shanai, and Halwa are high carbohydrate/ high fat foods.
Sambosa, Burkaki, and Maqhumri are high fat foods.
Ambola, Fool, Iskudahkaris, and Soor are high fiber foods.
Meat sauce/curry, Sukhar, and Kabaab are high protein foods.

Angera is made several ways as follows:
1. Teff and corn flour
2. Teff and Sorghum
3. Self rising flour, corn flour, and eggs
4. Corn flour, eggs, wheat flour
5. Self rising flour, water or milk, and sugar Westernization of foods and dietary practices is happening including making anjera with pancake mix or all purpose flour instead of corn, teff and other ingredients of traditional anjera. Sauce with Angera is made of ½ cup tea, 1 tsp. Butter, and 2-3 spoons sugar added to the tea during preparation.

Ambola is made with red beans boiled in water, and is sometimes mixed with rice and a pinch of salt. It is smeared with sesame oil (called masara) and sugar when served.

Malawa looks like a pancake and is made with flour, sugar, oil and eggs. It may or may not be served with honey.

Fool is made with Pinto beans, tomatoes, and onions in water. The onions are fried before being added to the other ingredients.
Mufo is bread made with corn flour, salt and sugar and is baked like a cake.

Meat sauce/Meat curry is made with ground beef and mixed vegetables and lots of spices. It is also made with goat meat that has been fried or baked.

Rice is eaten steamed or fried. Fried onions and spices are added to the rice before adding water. Plenty of oil is used.
Iskudahkaris (called Pilau in Tanzania) is a combination of onions and vegetables that are fried in oil, to which rice and water are then added.

Roti is pan cooked bread without oil.
Chapathi is a pan fried bread using vegetable oil or butter to fry.
Roti Shanai is similar to chapathi or East Indian paratha; it is served with butter and honey.

Sambosa are curry puffs stuffed with meat and vegetables and then deep fried.

Pasta is served with tomato and meat sauce that may have vegetables added to it.

Carrots and potatoes are the commonly used vegetables.

Halwa is made with wheat flour, clarified butter and sugar.
Sukhar is a beef and tomato sauce, or a beef and vegetable sauce.

Soor is made with corn. Burkaki (Mandazi in Kenya) are two types:
1. Balls made out of Angera mix and deep fried, and
2. Chapati rolled out of Angera dough, cut into triangles and fried.
Maqhumri is dough made out of flour, sugar, eggs and baking powder.
Small balls of dough, about 2-3 inches in circumference, are deep fried in oil.

Kabaab is ground lamb or beef that is mixed with spices and baked or grilled.

Fast Foods/Acculturated Diet A common concern of most Somali parents is that while they like to cook and eat Somali foods, their kids are moving more towards a diet of fast foods.


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Re: What Somali People Eat Are Healthy or Not?!!
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008, 08:08:24 PM »
Thanks waxbaro!

From the list you mentioned above, I see that components of main Somali meal is carbohydrate + proteins but high fiber diet like vegetables + fruits is not there.

Ambola and Soor are rich in fibers but it's common in rural areas but Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Many studies have shown that eating plenty of vegetables is extremely healthy. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Fruit is also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You should try to eat about 2 to 3 servings of fruit each day

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