Gukira Soup

9 Dec

In America when I’m feeling sick or worn out from too much fun the night before my go-to feel better food is Pho (Vietnamese beef soup). Unfortunately it’s not available in Rwanda. What I HAVE come up with is a poor man’s substitute I like to call Gukira soup.

In Kinyarwanda gukira has two meanings. The first is to be rich, the second means to recover from illness (get better). When a person sneezes in Rwanda the people around say ‘urakira’ or ‘kira’.

The recipe for Feel Better Soup:

2 c water

4 beef bouillon cubes

Grain of your choice (pasta and couscous are my go-to)

Whatever veggies I have (onion, tomato, and carrot are common for me)

The following are to taste:

-Minced fresh ginger*

-Chopped parlsey

-Minced garlic

Prepare veggies, parsley, ginger and garlic. Add everything except parsley and tomatoes to water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling add bouillon cubes, parsley and tomatoes. If using pasta add pasta and boil until al dente. If using couscous boil 2 minutes more, add couscous, cover and wait 5 minutes.

The ginger/beef broth combo makes my taste buds super happy.

*I learned the hard way that high ginger in high doses can be a diuretic soooo be careful.

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One Response to “Gukira Soup”

  1. Jill teVelde January 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Yum. Sounds better than chicken rice with croutons and Tabasco

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