May Africa month.. We are out to celebrate our different cultures, tradition, and etc. Coming from all different walks of lives being an African makes us one.
Africa is a diverse continent but with one spirit, and here is our top five African dishes to be proud of as Africans
1. Koshari in Egypt
A sample of this Egyptian delicacy will take you to what the average Egyptian family eats at least thrice a week. The Koshari dish is made of rice, lentils, macaroni, garlic and chickpeas, and topped off with spicy tomato sauce and fried onion.
2. Nyama na Irio in Kenya
Irio was the traditional food of the Agikuyu tribesmen, long before the arrival of European missionaries. The delicacy is made with mashed-up potatoes, peas, beans, corn and onion. It is then served with a host of toppings such as roasted beef/mutton, salads and Mursik (fermented milk). If you ask the average Kenyan athlete his best dish, he will readily tell you that it is Irio.
3. Zanzibari biryanis and pilaus in Zanzibar
Even if you miss out on all the other African dishes, make sure you get a chance to sample the Swahili dish called Biryani. Both dishes are made with rice and an array of spices such as cardamom, cumin and pepper. They are served with seafood, meats, and vegetables such as cabbages, onion and tomato.
4. Pap en vleis Shisa nyama in South Africa
This is literally translated as maize porridge with meat. The barbecued meat and maize porridge is a delicacy that is not only treasured in South Africa but also in parts of East Africa. If you are invited for a meal of Pap en vleis Shisa nyama anywhere in Africa, then you are a treasured guest…it is sort of like being invited for Thanksgiving or Christmas in the US.
If you are ever on an African safari, insist on eating local foods. Most African restaurants will serve you hamburgers, pizza, lasagna or such like western delicacies…you do not know what you are missing by not sampling the local food.