How to make Omo Tuo
Popularly known in Ghana as Omo tuo, this meal made from rice goes very well with various soups. Also known as rice balls, this meal is made by cooking very soft, glutinous rice, then pounding or rolling the rice into sticky balls.
1 cup white rice (long-grain, but not precooked)
4 cups water ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
Bring the rice, water and salt to a boil in a large heavy pot (or a rice cooker)
Turn down the heat to low, cover, and allow the rice to cook for about 20 minutes. You may have to take off the lid and let it cool down another 5-10 minutes.
When the rice is cooked (but not too dry), turn off the heat and let it sit until it is cool enough to handle.
Using a potato masher, a strong wooden spoon, a heavy glass, or something similar, mash the rice until it is fairly smooth.
Fill a cup with cold water and put it next to the pan. Wet hands or dip an ice cream scoop or spoon into the water, then scoop up enough of the rice to shape into a ball, like a snowball. If the balls will not stick together, put the rice back on the stove to dry it out slightly.
Omo tuo may be served with any type of soup but is it traditional to serve it on a Sunday with peanut soup stew or palmnut soup..