African cuisine is highly diverse based on country and ethnic group, but staples in the diet include maize and grain porridges and root vegetables. Regionally, the availability of fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat varies considerably, and staple dishes in one area of the continent are not present at all in other areas. Some of the most noteworthy African dishes include tagines, stews, curries and breyanis.Continue Reading
In South Africa, Pap en vleis, or maize porridge and meat, is a popular dish that includes the diner's selection of meat cooked to order by grilling or stewing, along with a serving of maize porridge. Piri piri chicken is a favorite in Mozambique. In this dish, a combination of coconut, peanuts, cashews and Piri piri chiles are used to create a spicy grilled chicken dish.
In West Africa, jollof rice, a dish thought to be the origin of Cajun jambalaya, and egusi soup, a soup made with ground bitter leaf and melon seeds, fried plantains and pounded yam, are favorites. Crisp-fried kapenta, a small freshwater fish, is a favorite dish in Zimbabwe, while grilled chambo, another freshwater fish, is a favorite in Malawi.
In Namibia, grilled venison is a specialty, while a spicy chicken muamba stew is popular in Angola, as well as many other regions around the Congo River. In Kenya, a popular dish is irio, a combination of mashed potatoes, peas, beans, corn and onion.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
Mexican cuisine centers on corn, chili peppers, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products like cream and cheese, and a variety of meats. Some of the most famous Mexican foods are tacos, enchiladas, tortillas and salsa.Full Answer >
Culture refers to the characteristics that bond a particular group of people, including language, religion, literature, architecture, ethics, music, clothing, cuisine and the arts. Other aspects of a group's culture include the laws it makes; the folklore it creates; the food eaten there; and the customs, traditions and festivities it has.Full Answer >
Corn was the main staple food in Aztec culture, and it was combined with fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, fish, gophers, iguanas, salamanders, crayfish, insects, insect eggs, larvae and various fowl and wild game. Turkeys, ducks and dogs were occasionally raised for eating.Full Answer >
Foods considered part of a bland diet include low-fat dairy products, cooked vegetables, cooked or canned fruits, refined grain products and lean meats. Other options include pudding, custard, eggs and broth. Such foods allow the person following the diet to avoid irritating his gastrointestinal tract.Full Answer >