Rwanda has amazing avocados and this dish is a great, cheap way to make use of them. Avocados are rich in healthy fats and have many vitamins and minerals.
I make guacamole often and eat it on a chapati, with beans and rice, with tortilla chips or potato chips, with some fries/chips or just with some bread. I ate guacamole with freshly baked bread from my neighbors every day for lunch for almost a year when I lived in the village!
It’s one of my favorite quick foods and is the very first thing I ever taught my house help to make! The below recipe is a party-size amount, feel free to halve it if making for only 1-2 people.
Ingredients (party size)
- 3 large avocados
- 1 small red onion
- 1 lime
- ¼ of a bunch of cilantro/coriander
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 clove of garlic
- Salt (start small and taste, adding more if needed)
- ½ chili pepper (or more! – optional)
Step 1: Cut and peel your avocados, dice into small cubes and throw into a large bowl.
Step 2: Chop the onion into small pieces and mince the garlic, add to the bowl. Chop the tomatoes into small pieces and add.
Step 3: Roll the lime on the table to release the juice, slice in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl, catching the seeds and discarding them.
Step 4: Add a pinch or two of salt and the minced chili and mix well with a fork. Chop the cilantro well and add to bowl, mix and serve with a few cilantro leaves on top to make it pretty! 🙂
You can add all kinds of other spices to this too. A ‘seasoned salt’ works very well to add some additional flavor, you can add chili powder, remove the tomatoes if you don’t like them, etc. It’s a very versatile dish!
Another great dip that goes well with guacamole, is pico de gallo. It’s similar to kachumbari – a mix of chopped tomatoes, onions and chili. You can also add green peppers, and to make it pico vs. kachumbari, add some cilantro! I also like to add a little salt and lime juice, but it’s not necessary, especially if you have salty chips to eat the dip with!
For more inspiration, follow my IG: @vegan_in_rwanda for more ideas of vegan foods!
(Featured image courtesy of foodandwine.com)