African food is impossible to define. The continent is so, so rich with hundreds – if not thousands – of different cultures and is bursting with a wide variety of veggies, fruits, and spices. Centuries of trade and the blight of colonialism have brought influences to the cuisine here, and today, globalization plays some role in food trends too. But one thing that all Africans could probably agree on is that meat normally plays a pretty big role in the meals of just about each country in Africa.
1.Nutmeg Plantain Pancakes:
This is a pretty unique recipe that fuses the flavors of Sierra Leone with…Morocco! The Moroccan touch is from the light spongy semolina pancakes, called beghrir, which are apparently very popular breakfast food in that country. The batter for these pancakes creates hundreds of holes, which are ideal for soaking up the toppings of nutmeg and plantains from Sierra Leone.
Forget your morning bowl of porridge, why not indulge in a little cornbread? Traditionally titled mealie in Africa, this recipe is a cross between a bread and a cake, with a little sweetness. Cut off a few slices in the morning and top them with a little vegan butter for a super yummy treat any time of the day.
3.Roast Veggie Moroccan Tagine:
This recipe has all the components to make a wonderful meal; roasted veggies, rich tomato sauce with a spicy harissa gravy – yum! This will bring a small African love right to your very own dinner table. And who doesn’t love cooking a good tagine? Serve with or without some couscous.
4.The Notorious Gatsby – Veganised:
Gatsby is a much liked, very sloppy South African sandwich. It’s traditionally a foot-long and stuffed with all kinds of fillings such as onions, cheese and meat of choice, and then sliced into four portions. Well, the Gatsby has been made vegan-friendly in this recipe, and has all kinds of tastes and textures, from the gherkins and soy mince to the delicious caramelized onions and the vital Gatsby ingredient: spicy fries!
5.South African Bunny Chow with Chickpeas:
Bunny chow, often just called bunny in South Africa, is a popular fast food option. A loaf of bread is hollowed out and then filled with curry. The mini ciabatta rolls work as a makeshift bowl and mop up all of that delicious curry sauce – it’s all just finger-licking good!
6.Ethiopian Black Eyed Peas with Coconut Milk:
This high protein dish is pretty easy to make, and comes with a seriously fragrant habanero–don’t leave it out if you think it may burn your mouth, though! This one’s not too hot because it’s needed, and it adds a fruity, tropical flavor.
7.Vegan Foul Medames:
This dish is common not only in North-East Africa but around Arabia, too. It’s basically just a recipe for some of the tastiest fava beans you’ll ever have. The only way I would make it better? Always use FRESH tomatoes, not tinned, as the video recipe suggests.
8.Puff Puff (fried dough balls):
Another deep-fried dish – not the healthiest, I admit, but the ingredients are pretty easy to find, and these babies also go down a treat when dunked into a steaming coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Often called mandazi, this is a pretty popular treat in several African nations.
9.Akara-Nigerian Black-Eyed Pea Fritters:
These tempting Nigerian black-eyed pea fritters are a popular treat you’ll often find street vendors selling, served alongside a local chili sauce named Red Kosayi. They’re crispy on the outside, and once you bite inside you’ll find they’re soft and subtly spiced.
10.Atakilt Wat (Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage, Carrot & Potatoes) :
This dish is a popular side dish for any Ethiopian meal. Made from cabbage, carrots, and potatoes that have been spiced with fragrant berbere seasoning, it’s packed with flavor. Serve this alongside some simmered lentils and Ethiopian flatbread for a quick and totally satisfying dinner.