Bota, a popular breakfast dish in Zimbabwe, is a flavorful porridge typically enriched with ingredients like peanut butter, milk, butter, or jam. Its main components include white cornmeal, salt, and the chosen flavoring agents. This dish is not only delicious but also nutritious, with the added convenience of its ingredients being readily available in every household.

Ingredients for Bota:

1. 1 cup of cornmeal.

2. 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

3. 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Instructions to prepare Bota:

1. In a large bowl, mix the cornmeal and sugar thoroughly.

2. Gradually add the vegetable oil and mix until you have a homogeneous mixture.

3. Shape the mixture into small balls or flatten them into discs according to your preference.

4. Heat a pan over medium heat and grill each Bota ball or disc until golden brown on both sides.

5. Serve the Bota hot as a snack or dessert.

Enjoying dishes like Bota highlights the joy of healthy eating, showcasing how simple, nutritious ingredients can create delicious meals right at home.

Nutrition Value

1. 1 cup of cornmeal:

  - Calories: Approximately 126 calories.

  - Carbohydrates: Around 25 grams.

  - Protein: About 3 grams.

  - Fat: Less than 1 gram.

  - Cholesterol: Zero cholesterol.

  - Vitamins and Minerals: Contains vitamin B6, niacin, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.

  - Nutritional Benefits: Cornmeal is a good source of complex carbohydrates, essential for energy, and provides various vitamins and minerals that support overall health, including nerve function, energy production, and red blood cell formation.

2. 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil:

  - Calories: About 240 calories.

  - Carbohydrates: Zero carbohydrates.

  - Protein: Zero protein.

  - Fat: Approximately 28 grams.

  - Cholesterol: Zero cholesterol.

  - Vitamins and Minerals: Contains vitamin E and small amounts of vitamin K.

  - Nutritional Benefits: Vegetable oil provides healthy fats, particularly unsaturated fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which support heart health, brain function, and vitamin absorption.

3. 1 tablespoon of sugar:

  - Calories: Around 49 calories.

  - Carbohydrates: Approximately 12 grams.

  - Protein: Zero protein.

  - Fat: Zero fat.

  - Cholesterol: Zero cholesterol.

  - Vitamins and Minerals: No significant vitamins or minerals.

  - Nutritional Benefits: While sugar adds sweetness to dishes, it should be consumed in moderation as excessive sugar intake can contribute to health issues like weight gain and dental problems.

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