Rich in flavors and aromas, African cuisine is one of the most interesting and intriguing in the world. It’s a real culinary incursion, with a wide array of tastes and surprising flavors.To make and serve these wonderful meals, you will need: African spices, produce and traditional African dishes.
Here are some of the most popular African dishes:
• Jollof Rice
Jollof rice is perfect when you want to surprise your guests with a delicious meal, which it is easy to prepare, enough for everybody, and has that exotic twist you don’t find in your everyday dishes. It is also rather cheap to make, as you won’t need sophisticated ingredients. And when you think that everything goes in one single pot, you know this is a fast way to serve a meal when people knock on your door unannounced. So do check out the recipe here.
• Piri Piri Chicken
If you love chicken and you want to try it in a different manner, the Piri Piri chicken dish will be perfect for you. Don’t worry, as it does not require ingredients that are too hard to find. The chicken is basically marinated in a mixture of spices, vinegar, and lemon juice, quickly browned, and placed in the oven until the flavors enter the chicken and the meat is done. Just see it for yourself here.
• Bunny Chow
Bunny Chow is the perfect comfort food when you need to chase away hunger and enjoy a delicious dish. It is a dish that is common in Africa as a street dish, so it is not complicated at all to prepare at home. And when you think that you can eat it with your hands, you know that it will be scrumptious. Don’t hesitate to try it out, because you will end up loving these flavors. Diversify your menu with this recipe here.
• Egusi Soup
Although this is called a soup, it is not a very liquid dish. It resembles more with a stew that bathes in a generous and delicious sauce. The soup is made using a particular ingredient, which is the egusi, something similar with pumpkin seeds, but with a very different taste. You should find this ingredient in markets with African products or Indian goods, although in Indian markets, it may come under the name of “charmagaz”. The soup also contains spinach, meat, tomatoes, onions, and various spices, so it is quite filling. Just take a look at the recipe here.
• Cape Breyani
The Cape Breyani dish, also known as biryani, biriani, or other forms, can be cooked in various forms, although the main recipe remains. The dish consists in meat, rice, lentils, and various vegetables, and spices. The meat that is mostly used is chicken, but mutton and other meat will also be used. It is a highly flavored dish, due to the turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, cumin, and other spices that are added. Also, do be prepared to eat something spicy, because hot peppers are a part of the recipe as well. See recipe here!
• Nyama na irio
Nyama na irio is probably one of the most appreciated dishes in Africa, due to the amazing tastes and textures that are captured in the recipe. The base of this dish consists in mashed potatoes, which are mixed with peas, corn, butter, pepper, and salt, so we can say that this is another way to serve mashed potatoes. This base is served with bits of meat and covered in delicious gravy. Are you ready to taste it? Here is the simple recipe of this dish.