You haven’t tasted sub-Saharan African delicious food if Luwombo Buganda’s steamed food is not on your list.
Luwombo is traced as back as 1887 said to have been started by Kabaka (king) Mwanga’s chief who is known in history for his iron hand to the early Christians in his kingdom.
It can be prepared in different dishes like chicken, beef, Gnuts and at times smoked fish.
Ingredients of Luwombo
Banana leaf, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, meat, chicken or beef, salt, green paper and some carrot if interested.
Get a young fresh banana leaf which is not yet torn; smoke it at a moderate temperature having banana peels in between the leaf and the heat provider basically charcoal stove. The smoke from the peels is aimed at giving a great aroma to the leaves. Dry the smoked leaf in a moderate sunshine for about 10-15 minutes not allowing it to dry.
Fold the leaf basically advised to use two leaves to avoid inconvenience if the ingredients and salt, add your desired dish either chicken, add all the chopped ingredients and tie up the leaf or leaves. Put the leaf in steam for about an hour. After an hour remove it from steam put it on a plate and it can be served with any meal basically Matooke (banana) and rice.
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As the myth is good things don’t happen every day, Luwombo is mostly served on official functions like introduction ceremonies and to Buganda Luwombo has cultural attachments also a taboo not to have Luwombo on an introduction. It is also commonly taken on Christmas Eves, idd celebrations and on a family day and all this is of its longer process of preparation however restaurants and hotels that deal with local foods have it on top menu .if you have not tasted Luwombo yet go now or any time you visit Africa.
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