What Are Some Popular Recipes for Traditional African Food?


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To make pan-fried fish balls, a popular traditional African food, whisk water, chili powder, salt, eggs and pepper in a bowl. Using a food processor, crumble dry bread, the egg mixture, parsley, garlic and fish into a dough. Form the dough into 1-inch balls, and fry them for 10 minutes in vegetable oil. Cucumber-mango salad, another popular traditional African food, is made by chopping jalapeños, peanuts, cucumbers and mangoes and mixing the fruit together with coriander, cinnamon and cloves.

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Spicy Ethiopian red lentil stew is a popular and traditional African recipe that features Berbere, a traditional African spice blend containing garlic, coriander, ginger, ground chillies, femigreek and allspice.

To make spicy Ethiopian red lentil stew, start by heating canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped red onion to the pot, and cook it for 15 minutes with occasional stirs. Then, add chopped ginger and garlic to the onion, and cook them for five more minutes.

Mix in 3 tablespoons of tomato paste and 1 1/2 tablespoons of Berbere spice, and cook for an additional minute before gradually pouring in chicken broth. Stir the mixture with a whisk until its thoroughly blended, then raise the heat to a simmer. Add the rinsed lentils to the broth and cook for 35 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

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