How To Prepare Tom-Brown—Africa’s Most Nutritious Breakfast Meal

How To Prepare Tom-Brown—Africa’s Most Nutritious Breakfast Meal

Tom Brown  —the thick brown powder is a combination of yellow corn, millet,guinea corn (cereals), groundnut (peanuts)  and soy beans (legumes). it’s one meal that is essential for babies if you want to wean them and want them looking well fed after breast milk.

Tom-brown is also good for adults who always have busy schedules  and  may have to leave very early in the morning to their place of work. It’s just a 5 minutes meal. This will save you time especially if you are on the go.

Also, because of its rich contents, this fiber makes you feel fuller for long causing you to focus on your most important tasks for the day.

It’s nutritional benefits are of immense value. It consists of protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, carbohydrate,  vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 and lot more.

You don’t feel like cooking? Simply prepare Tom Brown.

Ingredients:

Tom brown ingredients
Tom brown ingredients

Millet, Guinea corn, Yellow corn , Soybeans, Groundnut/pea nuts. 

Benefits  Of  Tom Brown—Soy  Beans Cereal.

  1. It lowers cholesterol.
  2.  Its source of antioxidants helps fight free radicals.
  3. It’s good for eye vision.
  4. It controls diabetes.
  5. It reduces inflammation.
  6. It boosts energy levels.
  7. It helps to decrease high blood pressure.
  8. It helps treat coronary heart disorder.

Measurements in making Tom Brown:

Warning ⚠

It won’t  come out nicely if you decide to use the same measure for all the ingredients in the preparation of Tom Brown.

Size or quantity is of importance in its preparation.

Here below is  something you can start with. 

  • Yellow corn & Guinea corn(sorghum)  –  1 kg
  • Millet & Soy bean –  500g
  • Groundnut (peanuts) –  200g

In summary, the corn is usually more in quantity than the rest of the ingredients when preparing  the cereal.

The millet  and Soybeans is usually half the size of the Corn.

While groundnut is lesser of all the main ingredients used.

Note that apart from the nutritious value groundnut has, the groundnut enables  the mixture to be pasty.

However, you wouldn’t want too much of the oil groundnut has on the mixture. So, quantity and size is of importance.

How to prepare Tom Brown: 

1. Get dried yellow corn and guinea corn(sorghum), remove the stones and other foreign particles amongst the corn,  then roast both on fire until its turned golden brown. Don’t let it pop like popcorn, when done,  remove it, let it cool.

2. Now, roast the groundnut.  (The quantity is based on how much cereals you will use)

3. Roast the millet and the soya beans separately till it becomes brown. Don’t forget to remove the stones and other foreign particles first.

4. When done with roasting of the soya beans, grind it softly with mortal and pestle to remove the chaff. It is very important you sift the chaff away after you are done with grinding.

5 let all the Ingredients get cool.

6. Combine all the ingredients and blend the mixture with a high power blender or a local mill to blend. Don’t add water, at least not yet!

7.Tom brown powder is ready! Pour it inside a dry container to preserve it.

Tom brown powder
Tom brown powder

Step by Step Preparation of Tom Brown. 

If you want to prepare it for consumption…

1. Put a quantity of tom brown in a bowl, add water till it becomes pasty. Don’t add too much water.

2. Boil hot water. Then, when the water vapour bubbles is quite noticeable, add the tom brown paste.

3. Yippee!  Tom Brown is ready. You can serve Tom brown with milk and some slice of bread.

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102 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the tip… Pls Mr. Samuel can i add more soy beans instead of groundnut because i don’t eat groundnut. Thanks

    1. Hello, Henry.
      Coconut flavor is awesome as an ingredient. So also crayfish which is also added especially for babies nutrition. Now, I wouldn’t know what you really have in mind. However, this method is the classic way of making Tom-brown. Thanks.

  2. Please have being measuring all of these items ‘soya bean, Millet, guniea corn, and groundnut’ equally, hope there would be no bad effect on my baby. Thanks

  3. Please Sir, do this tim brown cause cough? Because I gave to my 2 years old son he started coughing and am exclusively breastfeeding a 4 months + baby and I took and I had cough and she is coughing too. I did exactly as mentioned. It was superb. Please again, add adding the Tom brown pasty to the about to boil water am I going to heat 🔥 on to get thicken

  4. Thanks alot Mr Samuel God bless you.Pls I want to know if I’m to wash and sundry the soya beans, guineacorn,groundunt and millet before roasting.and is it prepared same way with pap?

    1. Good day, Samuel Roseline..
      Please do not wash the ingredients with water. The process of roasting is enough to purify the seeds. When you wash with water, you loose part of the nutritional value of the cereal.

      1. Hi Samuel, thanks for this.. I want to know if I can use the corn flour without roasting as we can get the cornmeal flour here in the UK. Any particular reason for roasting please?

        1. Hello there… Can you consume a fresh corn out of the farm? If the corn is not properly roasted, it’s still in its raw form. So, roasting the corn makes it quite edible to consume. Stay blessed.

  5. Hi, I made mine last week and I was asked to put tiger nut. Though it was my first time of taking it but I enjoyed it. But I didn’t sieve it after grinding, I just made it like that with the crumbs. Hope it won’t have any effect on me.

  6. Hi, I made mine last week and I was asked to put tiger nut. Though it was my first time of taking it but I enjoyed it. But I didn’t sieve it after grinding, I just made it like that with the crumbs. Hope it won’t have any effect on me.

  7. Thanks so much for the tips, my mother in-law prepared it for me with only Guinea corn, soya and groundnut. But my baby was stooling after taking it. What could be the cause? Thanks

    1. Hello… Ifeima. The roasted corn you buy on the road side, do they wash it before roasting? Washing and drying takes longer time. That’s a variation on ur part but not necessary. Both ways are still OK. Thanks.

    2. thank for the information….is it necessary I grind the groundnut separately… please can’t I blend the groundnut together with other ingredients ..thanks

  8. Very nice and descriptive article.. From the comments and your reply, you said that groundnut should be grinded separately, right? At what stage should I mix it with the other items?

  9. thanks for d tips, very useful but please after blending, it didn’t come out as powder but like particles (sand like). any side effect if a baby consumes it like DAT? I mix it with already milled wet corn, millet n guinea corn though.

  10. Nice article, I’ve been buying it from market but I’ll try do it myself with this recipes. thanks a lot, I appreciate.

    but someone told me that she add rice to her own. pls, is it good?

  11. good morning sir, please when grinding the Tom brown, if I add crayfish, unripe plantain and milk favour it, will it taste nice? thanks

    1. Hi obiajulu,Thats a variation on your part. Whatever flavor or additional ingredients you decide to put is at your own purview. The classic procedure is clearly stated on the article. Thanks.

  12. Thanks for your effort. Pls should I roast corn and guinea corn together. And if I do how will I sift the roast corn back. Thanks

  13. Hello sir

    Can it last longer than 3months in a plastic container ? and should I remove the soya beans back after frying?

  14. A friend introduced Tom Brown to me. Since Monday this week, I’ve been giving it to my baby. The problem is he did not take it the first time because it was not as sweet as Cerelac. I had to add sweetener. Can I add dates to the preparation? What about dried fish n crayfish?

    1. Hello Toyen, dates could be a sweetener variant but ensure it is well blended. Some mum’s may decide to add dried fish but if you decide ensure that it is very moderate and well blended. Thanks.

  15. Wonderful and informative article. I have a question and a comment.
    When you say “Fry” for the Groundnuts, Soybeans, and Millet do you use oil? If so how much?
    Guinea Corn in the US known as “Sorghum” when hulled and “Milo” with the red hull still on. We call Groundnuts “Peanuts”.

    1. Thanks a bunch Tim for that useful tip.
      The right word is to “roast” the millet, soy beans, sorghum and peanut as known in the USA.
      Your comments was helpful. Thanks once again.

  16. Hello Samuel,
    I want to be sure of the measurements Yellow Corn/Guinea Corn 1kg
    Those this mean 500grm each

  17. Hello Mr Samuel, In the case of ingredient mentioned, Can someone add egg’s shell? If yes, What will be its implication? Thanks

    1. Hello Ibrahim… Egg shells are loaded with calcium. No doubt about it.
      But it’s not part of the ingredients. However,if egg shells is part of your daily diet prescribed by your dietician.
      You may add the required proportion to the cereal.

  18. Hello,
    I’m from Bulgaria and I’m wondering about the Cuinea corn. What is the difference between yellow corn and the Guinea corn, and if I can’t find it can I use only yellow corn?
    Thanks

    1. Hello Radmila, The guinea corn is brownish wine in color. While, the yellow corn is yellowish. These are readily available in the market stalls. If you could not get the guinea corn,you may still prepare the cereal with the rest of the ingredients but note that if all ingredients are in place, the better and higher the nutritional value. Thanks.

  19. Thank you once again. I want to also ask, is it possible for adults to prepare the mixture in a “wheat-like” form and take it with one’s choice of soup? Thanks.

  20. Thank you for the tips. please I want to ask a question” if the groundnut is grounded with the other ingredients,won’t it change the texture of the mixture considering the pasty nature of the groundnut “?. Is it possible to grind the groundnut separately and then add it to the mixture during preparation for consumption?

    1. Hi.. Amara, Tom Brown is the traditional name given to the breakfast cereal.
      Yes! You can add sweetener like honey, sugar and ginger as a flavor. However, it has to be moderate.

      1. Pls sorry to disturb you sir,I followed your recipe but the amount of soya bean I added was equal to the corn and sorghum this was so that I will no longer add milk and after grinding the one prepared for consumption did not come out well it not thick.PLS I NEED YOUR HELP ON HOW TO MAKE IT THICK. THE QUANTITY I PREPARED IT was much pls I need your reply plsss

      2. Hello sorry to disturb you sir, I need your help I just made my tom brown following your recipe but the soya bean I added was equal with the corn and sorghum but all the other ingredients were OK .but when prepared for consumption following your procedure the consistency was too light .Is there no way it could be amended pls I need your reply pls sir

        1. Hello there… Please follow the instructions on the quantity of its preparations on this article. Once you pour the grinded mixture,Keep stirring until it thickens.Thus, you’ve got to be patient. Thanks.

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