13 African Dishes You Need To Try Out

January 24, 2016
Africa is known to have a ton of interesting and famous dishes. These dishes will definitely leave you wanting more. We picked a couple of them you have to try, take a look.

1. Chicken Piri Piri – Mozambique

Piri-piri chicken is a spicy dish with roots in both Africa and Portugal. The dish was created in Angola and Mozambique when Portuguese settlers arrived with chile peppers (known as piri-piri in Swahili.

2. Jollof Rice – Nigeria

The famous and world renowned dish. Has been imitated by some but nothing beats this dish of smoky and spicy goodness with a side of chicken and a salad.

3. Banku – Ghana

Banku is a Ghanaian dish which is cooked by a proportionate mixture of fermented corn and cassava dough. It is usually eaten alongside fish and a sauce. People who have tried it have testimonies.

4. Alloco – Ivory Coast

Alloco is an Ivorian snack made from fried plantain. It is often served with chili pepper and onions. You might say its just the basic fried plantain… Don’t say this around alloco voltrons.

5. Koshari – Egypt

This is an Egyptian dish, that has rice, macaroni and lentils mixed together, topped with a tomato-vinegar sauce, garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions most people use wither a sprinkling of garlic juice or hot sauce. Sounds good already right?

6. Bobotie – South Africa

Bobotie is a dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. It take a special technique to nail the topping and this dish is amazing!

7. Ugali – Kenya

It is also sometimes called Sima, Sembe or Posho. This is a dish of maize flour (cornmeal), millet flour, or Sorghum flour cooked with water to a porridge- or dough-like consistency. It is usually served with vegetables or gravy.

8. Namibian Venison

A special cut of the body parts of the deer, marinated and grilled till its tender, It is usually grilled with vegetables. It is a must try.

9. Biriyanis – Zanzibar

Legend has it that you do not go to Zanzibar and not try out the Biriyani. It is a spiced rice dish that has a very unique taste. Made with Long grain rice and a sauce usually served with any type of protein.

10. Egusi Soup – Nigeria

This dish has a lot of variations and is eaten by the three major tribes in Nigeria just with different names. A party favorite, made with ground melon seeds and vegetables. It is usually served with some form of “swallow”.

11. Doro Wett Stew – Ethiopia

It’s a spicy paste of various distinct spices. There are variations of this stew; beef, chicken and the like. It goes perfectly well with steamed white rice and is sometimes eaten in a tortilla style wrap called “injera”.

12. Muamba De Ghalina – Angola

This special dish is a big deal in Angola. It is made from chicken and a red palm oil sauce called muamba de dendem. It sometimes has peanuts in some of its different variations. It is eaten with “funge” a starchy component.

13. Achu and Yellow Soup – Cameroon

Achu is a food that’s eaten in the Western part of Cameroon. A staple in the heart of Cameroon, the achu is made from cocoyam and the yellow soup is made with achu soup condiments, palm oil and limestone. It is one meal you should try by all means.

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