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African Cooking & Recipes

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About African Cooking

It is generally the women of Sub-Saharan Africa who do most of the work related to food. This includes work on the "plantations" or "shambas" (as cultivated fields are called), such as planting, weeding, harvesting, as well cooking as cooking and serving the food.

The African kitchen is traditionally outside or in a separate building apart from the sleeping and living quarters. By far the most traditional and to this day the most common sight in an African kitchen is a large swing blackpots filled with meat, vegetables, and spices simmering over a fire. The pot usually sits on three stones arranged in a triangle, and the fire slowly consumes three pieces of wood that meet at a point under the pot.


Common Ingredients for Traditional African Food
(where available)
 
Vegetables
Yams
Okra
Watermelon
Cassava
Groundnuts
Black-eyed Peas
Cabbage
Maize - corn
Groundnuts
Sweet Potatoes
Meats
Chicken
Pork
Beef
Fish of local varieties
Spices
Garlic
Melegueta pepper - West African (substitute use cardamon)
cloves
black peppercorns
cardamom
nutmeg
turmeric
pilau mix
curry powder
Other
Lemons
Rice

Recipes

Explore the delicious and varied cusines of Africa and learn how to prepare traditional African dishes.

East African Cooking & Recipes
Recipes from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar


North African Cooking & Recipes

Recipes from Algeria, Egypt, Liberia, Morocco and Sudan


West African Cooking & Recipes

Includes recipes from Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso.


Southern African Cooking & Recipes

Includes recipes from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi


Cape Verdian

Cape Verdean Foods - recipes including:

Carne Gizado - Stewed Meat & Vegetables
Polvo a modo ze de Lino - Octopus Stew
Cachupinha
Supida de Xerem - Ground coen with Vegetables & Meat
Ccocnut Candy
Papaya Candy
Pudim de Qyeijo - Cheese Pudding
Xerem de Festa - a Wedding Dish

Caldo de Pexe - fish soup

Cachupa rice

Canja de Galinha- thick chicken rice soup


Madagascar

How a Dinner is Served in Madagascar

Lasary Voatabia - Tomato and Scallion Salad


Mauritius

Salade Chouchou - Choko Salad

Mauritian Mayonnaise

Fricasse Le Chou - Buttered White Cabbage

Gratin de Morue - Salt Cod with Mashed Potatoes

Hakien - Pork & Prawn Bean Curd Rolls

Carri Tripes Gros Pois - Tripes with Lima Beans in Curry Sauce

Poisson Salé - Fried Salt Fish with Onions

Poisson aux Fines Herbes - Fish in Tomato Sauce with Herbs

Cassoulet Mauricien - Mauritian Cassoulet

Bouillon Crabes - Swimmer Crabs Bouillon

Mulku (Murukku)

Gigot de Mouton - Lamb Roast


African Cooking Links

Cooking Recipes of South Africa
South African cooking, history and the political and geographic influences that have shaped the cuisine.


 
 
 
   
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