This section is devoted to
certain aspects of every-day life common to the province of Katanga.
can see how bricks are made in the "NYUMBA"
(house in Swahili) section. Many of the homes in Katanga are built
using these clay bricks
section describes the preparation of a popular drink made mostly
in rural areas in Katanga.
The third section, KIKANDA,
demonstrates how this popular food is prepared.
important ingredient in Munkoyo is a root found in savanna areas in
Katanga. The dried strips of root are prepared by pounding them
into a fibrous pulp.
||Corn flour and
the root pulp are added to water and then brought to a boil.
liquid is then sifted through a sieve to separate the root pulp from the
remaining liquid. The liquid is then stored in large gourds.
The gourds are made from squashes that are grown specifically for this
purpose and can reach three feet in diameter.
||Once in the
gourd one can drink the Munkoyo either soon after it was prepared or
after it has had some time to ferment. The strength of the
fermented Munkoyo depends on the length of time it has spent in the
||Kikanda, also known as
"boudin", is a snack-like food prepared from peanut flour,
Kikanda root flour and onions. Once can see the peanut flour in the
plastic bag at left and the Kikanda root flour is the brown powder.
Kikanda roots resemble small potatoes.
||The green and bulb onions
are cut and added to boiling water along with the peanuts and wheat
flour. The mixture is lightly salted. As can be seen in this
photo most households use charcoal for cooking purposes.
||Once all the ingredients
are in the water the mixture is stirred until all is a thick
paste. As it cooks, the paste becomes solid at which point it is
taken off the heat.
||In order to make sure that
the center and top of the Kikanda are well cooked, a metal plate with
hot charcoal is placed on the mixture. Once fully baked the ball
of Kikanda is ready to be eaten.
||Kikanda can often be seen
being sold on the street and in markets. As shown on the left,
small pieces are cut and sold to passers by.