African food is one of my favorite cuisines. It’s spicy, it’s flavorful and it has some of the most wonderful ingredients. I got a chance to cook some authentic African dishes at home and I’m sharing them with you today!
Ugali is a staple food in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. It’s made from maize flour which is cooked in boiling water until it becomes thick and sticky.
Ugali can be eaten with other dishes like matoke (boiled plantain) or nsima (boiled cassava). You can also eat it with meat such as chicken stew or beef stew if you’re a meat lover! If you want to store ugali for later use, leave it uncovered at room temperature for 2-3 days before refrigerating it so that it gets dry enough.
Bobotie is a South African dish that is traditionally made with ground meat, spices, and a custard topping. It has a mild curry flavor and is often served with rice or pap.
Bobotie gets its name from bobotiekopjie (meaning “head” in Afrikaans), which refers to the shape of the traditional loaf pan used to cook it. The dish was originally created by Cape Malay slaves who used leftovers from their masters’ meals as an economical way to stretch out their limited resources during hard times.
Fufu is a starchy dish made from cassava or yam flour, which is pounded into a paste and boiled. It’s typically eaten with a soupy okra stew called ewedu, along with assorted vegetables such as spinach and carrots.
It’s very easy to make–just mix the fufu flour with water until you get an even consistency that can be stirred easily by hand, then add salt if desired (it won’t affect the taste). Use your hands (or an electric mixer) to knead it into a ball of dough that holds together well when squeezed. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes so it can rest; this gives time for all those lovely air bubbles in your mixture to settle down before you start cooking them out during boiling time! After resting time has elapsed…boil away! Bring some water in a pot or saucepan over medium heat until it starts boiling gently; then drop small balls onto its surface using tongs (the size should be no bigger than 1″ diameter). They’ll sink at first but rise up once they’ve begun cooking; keep doing this until all balls have been added–this may take several batches depending on how much fufu you’re making at once.*
Okra is a vegetable dish made with okra and spices. It is also known as ogbono or ewedu in Nigeria. Okra can be prepared with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. The dish is usually served with pounded yam or pounded cornmeal called egusi soup which is popularly known as ‘ugbo’.
Jollof Rice and Peas
Jollof rice is a delicious dish that can be made with chicken, beef or fish. It’s one of the most popular dishes in West Africa and it has become popular around the world because of its rich taste and spicy flavor.
Jollof rice is made from fragrant rice cooked in tomato paste or ketchup along with other ingredients such as carrots, onions and bell peppers. The best part about jollof rice is that you can add any type of meat to it depending on what you like or feel like eating at that moment!
If you want to prepare your own African meal then this recipe for “Jollof Rice & Peas” will help guide you through preparing this delicious dish!
Green Papaya Salad
Green papaya salad is a very popular dish in Thailand. It’s made with green papaya, lime juice and salt and tastes like a tangy version of salsa.
To make this dish you will need: 1 green papaya (seeded, peeled and sliced into thin strips) 1-2 tablespoons lime juice Salt to taste
Fish Pate with Salad and French Fries
Fish Pate is a popular Nigerian dish that is often served with salad and French fries.
Fish Pate is made with fish, tomato paste and spices. It’s usually eaten with bread or rice. In Nigeria, they call it “Fish Paste”.
Nigerian Fried Rice (aka Naija Chop) Recipe
Nigerian Fried Rice (aka Naija Chop) Recipe
Nigerian Fried Rice is a popular street food in Nigeria. It is made with rice, vegetables, and meat.
- How to make corn fritters
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and stir until well combined.
- Pour the batter into a hot pan (or use an electric fryer) and cook for 5 minutes each side, or until golden brown on both sides. Serve with your favorite sauce or dip!
We hope you enjoyed these delicious African dishes and are inspired to try some for yourself! If you have any questions about cooking or recipes, please feel free to comment below.