When it comes to making Mexican food, it doesn’t get easier or more pleasing than homemade Guacamole. This is a versatile dip that works great as a healthy snack, crowd-pleasing appetizer, creamy topping and wonderful spread. The base of Guacamole consists of mashed, ripe avocados which are then brightened with a squeeze of lime and chopped tomatoes. A dash of salt gives this dip an addictive quality while minced garlic and diced red onion add a flavorful bite. My favorite guacamole comes with a few leaves of coriander chopped in and placed on top as a garnish.
As a dip, Guacamole is typically served with corn tortilla chips but Rwanda offers a whole host of foods that work as great accompaniments. Try it with fresh chapati, bread, in a sandwich, with chopped vegetables, crackers, in a salad, or just by itself.
What’s great about making guacamole in Rwanda is that all of the ingredients can be easily found at the local market or in neighborhood shops. Pick up some ripe avocados, juicy tomatoes and red onions nearby, head to Kimironko market to find some fresh coriander, add a squeeze of the green limes stacked around in abundance and you’ve got Guacamole.
The beauty of Guacamole is that it is an incredibly forgiving and flexible food to make. This means that if you find yourself in the kitchen with all of the ingredients except, say, the coriander, it’s no problem. Other than the avocado, all of the ingredients are optional and the quantities are flexible. Feel free to skip ingredients you don’t like, increase the quantity of ingredients you do like, and adjust everything to your taste and preference.
Chopped bell pepper, green onion, garlic salt, lemon, green chili, pickled jalapenos, black pepper and pili pili all make great additions. So, play around with the recipe, adapt it to what you have available or what you like best and serve it with whatever you’ve got!
The recipe provided below can be easily doubled or halved. Keep in mind that guacamole is best served fresh and does not keep well; but this dip is so good I doubt you’ll have leftovers!
1 medium avocado (about 1 to 1 ¼ cup of avocado flesh)
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 tiny clove of garlic, minced (this should yield about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon red onion, diced very small
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped
1. With a fork, mash the avocado flesh in a medium bowl until it is smooth.
2. Add the lime juice, garlic, red onions and salt to the bowl.* Mix thoroughly.
3. Stir in the tomato and coriander and taste. Season to preference and it’s ready to serve.
* If adding other ingredients to the guacamole, add them during step 2 before mixing thoroughly.