10 Popular Dishes From Across Africa

10 Popular Dishes From Across Africa

As we know from this weeks Big Brother task, food is a hugely important part of African life…

From agriculture, to cooking, to big family meals, our crops and our culture are what binds us to our countries and to our economies. In order to celebrate the diversity of crops our continent can support we’ve decided to put together a list of our favourite foods.  Are yours on our list?!

1. Ugali na nyama choma (East African): “nyama choma,” which translates as “roast meat.” Kenyans love nyama choma, and it is the preferred means of celebrating birthdays, weddings and visiting guests – a proper barbecue get together…

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2. Injera and tibs (Ethiopian): This is a classic food combination, like rice and peas or fish and chips! Injera is a bit like a large pancake made from the cereal teff and food is simply heaped on top of it! You use the Inerja to pick up all the yummy mixes, such as tibs, which is popular dish made using various meats…

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3. Sadza nema veggie ane nyama (Zimbabwe)
: This is a two part recipe with sadza on one side and the accompanying stew on the other! Sadza or sadza re chibage is an African version of thick corn porridge produced from corn meal, mielie or maize meal and water so Sadza ne Nyama Ye Huku refers simply to Zimbabwean thick corn porridge with chicken or another meat stew…

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4. Pounded yam and egusi (Nigeria): Egusi with pounded yam is a very popular dish in Nigeria and has became popular in many other parts of the world. It is thickened with ground melon seeds and contains leaf vegetables, other vegetables, seasonings, and meat and is often eaten with dishes like amala or pounded yam!

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5. Fufu and njama njama (Cameroon): This exotic African stir fry  is usually paired with fufu corn (polenta) or some would refer to it as ugali!

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6. Samp and Beans (South Africa): Samp and Beans is a traditional dish of the Nguni people of South Africa. Referred to as isistambu by the Zulu people and umngqusho by the Xhosa people – the biggest Nguni groups – the dish is made from slowly cooked sugar beans and samp (crushed corn kernels).

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7. Jollof rice and plantain (Nigeria): Jollof rice is found throughout West Africa and is thought to be the origin of the Cajun dish, jambalaya!

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8. Dampling and Tripe (South Africa): This is an unusual but delicious dish, mixing traditional dumplings with the often ignored part of meat, offal. Mixed with potatoes and carrots, there’s nothing quite like it!

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9. Achu (Cameroon): Achu is eaten in the Western part of Cameroon and is usually eaten with yellow or green soup. It’s a staple food in the western part of Cameroon because the soil is great for growing cocoyam!

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10 Waterfufu and eru (Cameroon): Water fufu and Eru” is a traditional dish popularly eaten in Cameroon and neighboring Nigeria. Due to its popularity, “waterfufu and eru” can be accurately described as a national dish!

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Have we missed some of your favourites?! Why not check out Big Brother Africa right now and see if any of the housemates are cooking it for their ONE Africa cooking task!

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