The thrilling feel that good meal holds in the heart of everyone both old and young is a timeless open secret that is as old as time.
Food has always been an instrumental tool for family bonding and a good meal is helps to strengthen the bond even more.
It is said that one of the ancient routes that leads to a man’s heart is the stomach; and for an African man, this route is an unfailing path if only you know how to unlock it with right mix of African spices, herbs, vegetables and everything that defines Africa’s culinary.
Not to worry if you are new on this route as these 5 African recipes combed out in no particular order from different parts of the continent will show how to slowly but surely arrive there safely.
1. South Africa Cape Malay Lamb Curry
This is one of the best of South Africa’s cuisines that have gained national reputation because of its sweet and savoury flavours. Dashes of spices like ginger, cinnamon apricot, and seasonings like garlic and onions on this beef stew served over well cooked rice will make you recline on your seat after been serves a plate.
To prepare, South Africa’s Spice Queen, Cass Abraham’s advice to heat your oil in a saucepan, add the onion, cardamom pods, cassia and cloves, and sauté until the onion is transparent, then add the meat and tomato, and braise for 10 minutes.
Afterwards, add the remaining ingredients, except the potato and coriander leaves, close with a tightly fitting lid and simmer until the meat is just tender, for about 1 hour. Add the potato and cook until done. Go ahead and sprinkle with the coriander and serve with jasmine rice or rotis and a selection of sambals.
2. Tanznia Ugali
Ugali will give you firsthand experience of Tanzania cuisine anytime. This staple food made from semolina flower or white maize can be cooked with coconut oil and stirred into heavy consistency to bring out the unique aroma of jungle safari.
To prepare, boil your water in a pot, gradually turn in your maize or semolina and stir for up to 10 minutes until you achieve desired consistence.
To eat, you may consider serving with vegetables, stew, soup or sauce but to take it a notch higher, Ugali is best prepared with beans cooked in coconut milk. Search no further of the route that leads to the heart of your man with a plate of well cooked Ugali paired with Beef Stew and shredded cabbage.
3. Ghana Kentumere
Simply put, Kentumere is fish and spinach in tomatoes heated in oil and spiced up. The best choice of fish for this recipe is herring as it is highly nutritious and cost less.
To prepare, blend tomato to smooth paste, heat oil in pot or preferably a skillet and then add your onion, red pepper and cook for about 10 minutes.
Throw in your ground tomato and herring and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle your greens and simmer for another minutes more and there you go!
Serve kentumere with cooked plantain or rice and wash it down with a glass of cold water.
4. Nigeria’s Ofe Nsala
Coming down to Nigeria, eastern part to be precise, Ofe Nsala dubbed ‘White Soup’ is a spicy easy to make soup best eaten on cold evenings over a bowl of pounded yam or fufu. With simple mix of cat fish, beef or goat meat, fresh or dry utazi leaves (Gongronema latifolium), raw white yam or potato puree, pepper, salt and stalk cube, you are sure to arrive at one of Nigeria’s tastiest cuisines, Ofe Nsala.
5. Nigeria’s Banga Soup
When you think of Niger Delta Cuisine, don’t think too far, a plate of Banga Soup will always suffice.
It is a delicacy that will make your family love you some more.
To prepare cook your fruits for up to 20 minutes till soft, pound in a small mortar and sieve the juice into the pot. Add your stock and already cooked meat, fish and any other condiments and cook for about 15 minutes. Throw in your salt, pepper, stock cubes and crushed bitter leaf and other banga spices.
Banga soup is served best with starch, a staple food of the Niger Deltans.
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