By Lilian Ntenge
Cow hoof stew, which is commonly known as Mulokoni/kigere, is one of the best local nutritious soups enjoyed by most cultures in Uganda.
It is very rich in Zinc and Magnesium and helps boost the immune system. It is also medically recommended as the source of calcium, which helps in strengthening of bones.
Hoof stew is also enjoyed in some other parts the world like the Caribbean Islands, South America and Asia.
It is prepared in different ways, depending on one’s country, origin and culture.
Chef Modesto Katamba, a private chef, takes us through his own process of preparing the cow hoof stew.
– 1kg cow hoof
– 3 big tomatoes
– 2 large onions
– 3 carrots
– 3 tablespoons of oil
– 3 garlic cloves
– ¼ tablespoons blackpepper
– Irish Potatoes
– Green Pepper
– Red Pepper
– Yellow Pepper
– First roast the hoof over a low flame of fire.
– Then scrape it to remove the fur.
– Wash the hooves thoroughly in clean water, may be three times. If you have enough time, you can soak and marinate it overnight before preparing it.
– Cut your hoof into desirable pieces of your choice, put them in water, add some salt and let it boil for 1 and a half or 2 hours until it is thoroughly tender.
– In the meantime you can prepare your ingredients; the tomatoes, onions, crush your garlic, chop your carrots and also peel the potatoes. If you want it boiled, add the ingredients and let it cook till ready and serve.
– If you want to fry, when the hoof is ready, get another pan, heat it and add oil.
– Add in your onions and garlic, stir fry till golden brown, add in your tomatoes, carrots and all peppers, then stir for five minutes.
– Add your potatoes and let it boil for 10 minutes on medium heat.
– Dissolve royco powder, meat curry, meat cubes, coriander powder and black pepper in water, add it and let it boil for 20 minutes.
– After, you can now pour this mixture in your pan of hooves, mix them well and let it boil till ready.
– Remove from heat, let it cool for at least five minutes then serve.
– You can serve with any other meal of your choice. Some like it with matooke, cassava or kalo.
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