Got any spare 'white ants' in your cupboard?


Fried White Ants*


People in East Africa refer to edible termites as 'White Ants' because they look like large ants with a white belly and clear wings.

To serve two people

1 cup 1-2 day old white ants
salt (to taste)
1/2 cup water
two tablespoons of ghee or butter

1. Clean white ants by removing wings and stones or soil.
2. Put insects in frying pan, add water and salt.
3.Boil rapidly for about ten minutes until water is evaporated.
4. Reduce heat and add ghee or butter.
5. Cover pot to allow ghee/butter to soak into termites.
6. Remove from fire and serve hot with ugali or plantain.

Note bien: Don't try this with just any old kind of termites. 'If you don't have 'White Ants' from Africa, the dish will not be nearly as delectable.

Note: Ugali is a thick mixture of flour (often corn or millet) and boiled water, shaped like bread and served hot. Plantains are large cooking bananas and a main source of carbohydrate. Ghee is a sweet and fatty milk product similar to butter.

Mary Ominde contributed this recipe to a book called A Taste of Kenya by Joyce and John Humphries (3 Mears Place, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland).

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