4 holiday dinners from across Africa

4 holiday dinners from across Africa


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For many of us, the idea of a meal featuring turkey or ham with all the trimmings is synonymous with the holidays, but have you ever wondered what our fellow citizens around the world are going to be tucking into over the holiday season?

After scouring the Web, we’ve tracked down a few interesting holiday dinner alternatives you and your family might want to try this year!

If you haven’t had lunch yet, prepare to feel some food envy.


Christmas dinner is likely to be fish or 4 holiday dinners from across Africa . Goat or beef is used for nyama choma, although goat is considered a greater delicacy. Vegetables, fruit, and chapatis are also often served with chutney!


In addition to serving turkey, a traditional Christmas meal in Nigeria may include beef, goat, sheep, ram or chicken. Other dishes might include pounded yam, jollof rice, fried rice, vegetable salad and some type of stew.


It is traditional for Christmas feasts to be mainly comprised of roasted goat. In Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, for example, the goat meat is eaten hot from the charcoal grill and as a rule, in just one sitting. This can be accompanied with vegetables, but not always!


In Senegal, Christmas is not a widely celebrated tradition, but Christmas day will still be celebrated amongst the Christian community. These celebrations will see families sit together around the national dish, tiep bou dienn, which is made from rice, fish, tomato sauce, and vegetables such as cabbage, carrot and cassava.

What is your family going to be eating this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below! 

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