Thursday, April 29, 2010

Making 'gogii' with a giant mortar and pestle

One of the traditional Teop dishes is called 'gogii'. They can make it with cassava or other root crops, but when we were there, they made it with cooking bananas (not sweet bananas). Firstly they peeled and boiled the bananas, then they put them into something which is like a massive mortar and pestle, and they smash the banana up. I guess you could probably do the same thing in a pot with a potato masher. Here's a picture of me having a go at it:

This is what it looks like inside the big mortar type thing:

After you have smashed the bananas, you twist the stick (or pestle) around and hope that the mashed bananas will stick to it. That didn't always happen even for the local girls. Here is a girl who managed to do it successfully:

You take the stick with the banana on it to a man, and you get the rest of the banana out of the thing with your hands and take it to him, and he rolls it into balls. It is traditional custom for the man to do this part of the preparation, but women can do it if there is no man around.

Then the man puts balls together into banana leaves and they put coconut cream in with the banana balls.

Then they fold the banana leaves to wrap it all up, and they cook it overnight. In the morning it is ready to eat, and this is what it looked like:

It tasted good too, especially the coconut cream taste that went through it all. We didn't try a cassava version of gogii, but I think that I'd probably like it better than the banana version. Cooking bananas aren't all that exciting.

1 comment:

WayneandFarrah said...

Wow this looks so interesting. Thanks for sharing, blessings.