Some Of Africa’s Favorite Traditional Foods

By Kanyi M

The variety of African cuisine is vast. In fact, over the past century, we’ve seen a pretty dramatic increase in the number of dishes that have emerged from this region. Let’s look at the most popular ones.

Harira (Morocco)

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Harira is a traditional Moroccan soup that is made from lentils, vegetables, and diced chicken or lamb. Some recipes will include spices like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon to give the dish an extra kick. In Arabic, ‘harir’ means velvet, which is referring to the texture of this hearty soup.

Fufu (Ghana)

Fufu is a popular West African dish that is made from cassava flour and water. It’s also used to refer to other starchy foods that are made from different types of flour, such as mashed yams or plantains. Fufu is eaten with a sauce or stew, like peanut sauce or groundnut stew. You can also eat it with a spicy tomato-based soup called okra soup.

Sorghum Bread (Ethiopia)

Sorghum bread is prepared by fermenting sorghum grains, which gives the bread its distinct flavor and aroma. This popular dish is usually eaten with wat, a stew that consists of meat and vegetables.

Bobotie (South Africa)

In South Africa, bobotie is a sweet curry made from beef and spices. The curry is traditionally baked in a flaky crust, which gives it its beautiful look. This dish is quite sweet, so it’s often served with rice and a green vegetable like spinach or beans.

Sosaties (South Africa)

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Sosaties are kebabs that are traditionally made from pork and often accompanied by grilled bread on the side. Over time, sosaties have become so popular that they can now be found all throughout the region of Sub-Saharan Africa.