Maheu (mahewu, mageu) is a hugely popular traditional non alcoholic and nutritious beverage from Southern Africa. Fermentation provides a distinctive acidic/ sour flavour to the drink
Maize Meal – 1 cup
Hot Water – 2-3 cups
Wheat flour or Malt – 2 tablespoons
Sugar – To taste
Begin by making the porridge To do this mix the maize meal with a small amount of cold water in a saucepan to make a paste
Pour the hot water over it and bring to the boil stirring from time to time to ensure it does not go lumpy
Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes and remove from heat. Allow to cool
Once cooled add the malt or wheat flour. Stir well
It should be thick,but of a pourable consistency.If you find it is too thick,add a bit of water
Place in a container with a tight fitting lid and leave to ferment for a few days. (Fermentation is quicker in the warm weather).Traditionally it is left to ferment in an earthenware pot called “hari”, but a standard plastic container or pyrex with a lid will work just as well
To know the maheu is ready give it a little taste. It should taste sour. If not leave to stand for another day. Once fermented store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To serve simply stir in some sugar to taste and enjoy.