What is comfort food? The definition of comfort food is this: food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking. I guess to each of us it is most likely something different. One it is something that reminds of us of our youth. Two it brings well comfort to us when we either eat or remember or smell that food. For me my comfort food is Nipla. This is something I grew up with. I am going to tell you right now that you either love or hate this recipe. I happen to be a lover but in my family we have both lovers and haters of Nipla. I have made this for my kids and one loves and the other hates. I honestly think of Nipla every time I smell onions cooking in butter. That is my comfort trigger. Have you read William P Young’s book The Shack? Here is a link to his webpage for the book. http://wmpaulyoung.com/the-shack/ In his book he mentions Nipla “And I enjoy food—a lot. Nothing like a little shaomai, ugali, nipla, or kori bananje to make your taste buds happy….”. So I want to share with you something I have enjoyed since a little girl, my comfort food of choice so your taste buds can be happy too.
(This recipe is for 1 to 2 people but can be easily adapted to make more.)
Half a stick of butter
½ cup of chopped onion
¾ cup of flour
Salt and pepper
First chop your onions and then put butter in a sauté pan on low to melt and add onions.
Then bring a sauce pan half full of water to boil.
Crack three eggs into a bowl and whisk.
Add salt and pepper to the eggs and whisk again.
Then add ¼ cup of flour at a time until the eggs become like thick dough.
Drop the egg mixture into the boiling water a spoonful at a time.
Turn the heat up on the onions and butter until the onions are translucent.
Once the Nipla are floating and have cooked for about 5 minutes drain the mixture and place into a bowl. Pour the butter and onions over the Nipla. I add a little sea salt before enjoying but you can omit that if you like.