Africa and indeed the African Diaspora is the home of very delicious, classic and even spiritual meals. At ILoveAfrica, we love to share very exotic meal recipes from all over the continent, and today we have Mannish Water, a Jamaican delicacy that is also hailed for it’s special benefits.
Mannish water soup is a highly seasoned soup made from goat offal, green bananas, and any available vegetables or tubers traditionally cooked outside over a wood fire. It gets its name from the fact that it’s prepared by men most of the time and has some “special” benefits. Widely regarded as an aphrodisiac, mannish water is made from goat’s head, intestines, testicles, and feet. . It is commonly served with roasted yam.
Ingredients for Mannish Water
Goat head & feet
1 scotch bonnet peppers
2 cloves garlic
4 stalks scallions
1 large onion
1 (12oz) Jamaican Red Stripe Beer
4 Green Bananas
2 Irish Potatoes
5 sprigs thyme
10 Pimento Seeds
½ lb. Yellow Yam
½ lb. Flour
1.Bring the water to a boil in a stockpot and add a little salt to taste.
2. Add the meat to the boiling water and allow the meat to cook until tender.
3. Add the potatoes, green bananas, yellow yam, garlic, and pimento. While these ingredients are cooking, you need to make some small dumplings called spinners.
4. When the yams become medium soft, add the spinners, wait 2 minutes and then add the other ingredients to the soup. Let the soup boil for another 10 minutes or so.
5. Taste the soup now; it should have a nice flavor. You can add more spices if needed. Serve the soup hot in small cups or in bowls if you are at home.