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How Nigerians Make Semo

Semo is a Nigerian food made with semovita or semolina. It is also called a Nigerians swallow because, typically, it is enjoyed with all types of Nigerian soups that you can think of.

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Regarding how to make semovita swallow, there are two (2) different methods to this.

The great thing about these two methods is that apart from the semovita you need to purchase, the other ingredients can be easily gotten from your kitchen.

But in this post, I will be sharing just one method. Don’t worry, I will share the second method very soon.

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Preparation time : 20 minutes

semo for Nigerian Semovita
Semovita used to make Semo

How to make semovita

  • Add 5-6 tablespoons of semovita into a small bowl
  • Mix with water till you get a smooth paste with a watery consistency
  • Cover and set aside
  • Set your cooker to high heat
  • Place your pot on the cooker
  • Fill the pot with 3-4 cups of water – adjust the water quantity according to the serving size of the semovita you want to make
  • Cover the pot and allow the water boil
  • Reduce the cooking heat to medium heat when the water starts boiling
  • Create a base for the semovita by first pouring the semovita paste into the hot water while mixing immediately
  • Continue mixing even after you have poured all the paste into the hot water
  • Mix until the watery paste looks cooked – you may have to watch the video recipe to see what this looks like
  • Add the semovita powder in small quantity while mixing at the same time
  • Continue to add more semovita and mix till it becomes thick
  • To get well cooked semovita do the steps listed below
  • Add little water to the thick semovita
  • Ensure the water gets to the bottom of the pot
  • Cover the pot and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat
  • After cooking, Mix very well
  • Fluffy semovita is ready to be enjoyed with your favourite Nigerian soup .

Now that Semovita is ready, here is how to make it presentable.

How to wrap semovita

You would agree with me that when it comes to food, presentation is very important.

For semovita, the way you wrap it neatly will show your guest how attentive you are to presenting your food in a nice way.

Here is a cheap and simple way to wrap your semovita nicely.

For this you can choose to use moi moi leaves, banana leaves. cling film or transparent plastic bag locally called santana.

  • To use the ‘santana’ bag, neatly tear on side of the bag all the way down to th ebottom
  • Place the bag on a small bowl
  • Pour little water and few tablespoons vegetable oil into another bowl
  • DIp the spoon you intend to use to scoop the semo into the bowl with water and oil
  • This will help the swallow slide of the spoon easily
  • Scoop the semovita from the pot into the plastic bag spread on the bowl
  • Wrap gently to make presentable.

Come along to my watch the video of this recipe on YouTube. All you need to do is simply click on the video icon below.

How Nigerian make Semo | First Method

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