Looking at the title above, I know you will be wondering what on earth is this? Yeah, I can’t get the right appellation for this meal, still waiting for all the Cameroon food scientists to coin the correct nomenclature for this delicacy. For now let’s stick to how I know it ‘mboh’ groundnut paste/pudding, I came up with peanut balls:-)
Since I doubted its appellation, I posted a picture on Facebook asking my friends to attach a name. All suggestions pointed to mboh and groundnut paste. So groundnut paste (or pudding) it is then!
So my little niece came visiting Cameroon (from the US) with her mom some years ago. It happened they had to travel by bus from Douala to Bamenda. Midway through the journey, the bus halted so everyone could eat or just relax. As the story goes, this certain man that was seated next to my aunt bought a bag full of bobolo, miondo, egusi pudding and mboh. Ah, the guy quickly unwrapped his delicious mboh and ravished it with some miondo. Then my niece exclaimed “Ewwww! Mom, is he eating that???” “Shuuuuiip, the mom motioned with a finger on her lips, yes girl we eat that!” She probably didn’t have time to explained what it was.
I think my 4-year old niece probably had never seen this delicacy before. This is why I don’t want my kids to miss all the goodies I grew up with. Mboh peanut balls are just one of them (Cameroon has a lot of food). It is super delicious and easy to make. Yes, easy just a little time and technique involved which I will show you below. Just a few ingredients involved. Traditionally it is steamed in banana leaves, but I make do with what is available; aluminum foil paper.
This is one of the best ways to enjoy peanuts, did you try out my groundnut sweet recipe already?
I am totally loving this peanut series: my kitchen is greasy, my belly is happy, my people are satisfied with these good things and I am all wow!. So let’s cook. Oh by the way, if you know a better way to call this Mboh, let me know in the comment section below.