Otor/Etor and Cultural ActivitiesEtor/Otor is considered a sacred food in many Ghanaian communities. For example, Etor/Otor is served to the gods during some festivals in Ghana to appease them and thank them. It is also prepared during harvest times in some communities as a gesture of thanksgiving and first offered to the gods and ancestors to thank them for a bountiful harvest. During the Twins-Festival of the Ga Adangbes, Otor/Etor is served to twins as they are celebrated for being born in sets. Puberty rites are performed in several communities for girls and boys who have reached adulthood, Etor is a meal that is significantly used in these ceremonies especially for girls. it is served to the girls who partake in these rites to show that they have become women. They are taught person al hygiene and the responsibilities of womanhood. The eggs in the otor are especially paid much attention to as it signifies fertility. In many communities, Otor is known as the breakfast of the brides and is therefore used during wedding ceremonies. It is very filling and keeps brides away from using the restroom. It is again served during wedding ceremonies along with hard-boiled eggs as the eggs symbolize fertility. it is believed that when a woman eats otor with eggs on her wedding day, it prepares her womb to conceive. Brides are made to swallow the eggs as a sign of preparing themselves to conceive. It is considered bad luck if a bride chews an egg instead of swallowing it as it signifies that the bride is eating the babies in her womb.
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How to prepare Etor /OtorCourse: Main course Serving: 4 Origin: Ghanaian
Ingredients for Etor Preparationso 4 fingers of plantain: 2 unripe. 2 medium ripe o Salted fish (momone) o 5 tablespoon palm oil o 2 large onions (one chopped and one thinly sliced) o 4 pieces of pepper o 4 eggs o Avocado o Groundnut paste o Roasted groundnut Method o Put plantains on fire and add pepper and eggs o Cook for about 30 mins o Grind boiled pepper with chopped onions and add salted fish o Set aside and start mashing plantain in an Asanka with palm oil o Add ground pepper to mashed plantain o Add groundnut paste/Peanut butter to the mashed plantain o Add salt to taste o Garnish with eggs, avocado, and roasted groundnut o Enjoy
How Etor is servedOtor/Etor is usually served in an Asanka with hard-boiled eggs, groundnuts and avocado. You can go the extra mile of topping it with some palm oil fried with onions, smoked fish, and salted fish (momone). It can be eaten on a plate but every lover of Etor will tell you that they enjoy it better in an Asanka or Ayewa. Etor made with yam is more popular in the Ga communities while Etor made with plantain popular in the Asante communities.
Nutritional benefits of EtorEtor has many nutritional benefits . For example the Plantain or yam used in making Etor is carbohydrates which are the body’s main source of energy. The fiber in carbohydrates aids in digestion, helps you feel full when you eat etor, and keeps blood cholesterol levels in check. This is a great benefit for eating Etor. It is also believed that Etor prevents one from visiting the washroom frequently which is why it is given to brides on their wedding day. Moreover, the eggs paired with Etor are pretty much one of the most nutritional foods. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient you need for the body to flourish. A single egg contains Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin, Phosphorus etc Other ingredients such as groundnuts and avocado all contains so many amazing health benefits as well. Etor is definitely the perfect cultural and healthy meal you need on your list of Ghanaian foods to try . Source: Georgeweb.org
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