Let’s take a look at Top 5 Traditional African Foods and where they originate from. Firstly, it’s a totally wrong notion to consider Africa as a single country, there are different countries with their cultures and traditional foods.
African still unknown to a whole lot of people is a continent just like Asia, South America, Europe and the likes with over 50 countries. There is nothing like a single “African” delicacy for there are loads of them; there are hundreds of yummy and presentable cuisines.
Top 5 Traditional African Foods and their Origins
1. Bunny Chow(South Africa)
Hold on to the name and remember that there are no physical bunnies in bunny chow neither is it food for bunnies. Bunny Chow is a highly delicious, nutritious, yummy and environmentally friendly cuisine of South African origin. This is sometimes simply referred to as bunny. Bunny is a fast food dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with curry. It ultimately originated among Indian South Africans of Durban. For a fun side, you can eat your spicy curry and have your bread too.
How to make Bunny Chow? Check out the video below;
2. Piri-Piri Chicken(Mozambique)
Piri-piri chicken is a spicy dish with roots in both Africa and Portugal. The dish was created in Mozambique when Portuguese settlers arrived with chilli peppers (known as piri–piri in Swahili). This is basically grilled chicken except that the spices used are mainly the chili pepper. The Chicken is cooked with garlic, pepper, coconut milk, and the piri-piri sauce.
3. Jollof Rice(Ghana vs Nigeria)
The fight over the ownership of who invented this cuisine is older than me the writer so I would not even begin to hand out a winner just to say that the Ghanaian Jollof tastes better. No fights here please!
Jollof rice traditionally consists of rice, cooking oil, vegetables such as tomato, onion, red pepper, garlic, ginger and scotch bonnet. To enhance the colour of the dish, tomato paste (purée) is added. – Wikipedia.
To learn how to make either the Ghanaian or Nigerian versions, head to Youtube and let me know which one tastes better.
This very typical in almost all Egyptian homes, it is made of rice, macaroni, lentils, chickpeas and garlic. For the sauce, there is a hot tomato sauce that you pour all over the rice. Want to make yours? Watch the below;
This dish is full of flavour and very healthy as well. It is so much of an Egyptian signature that even the joints on the streets of Egypt sell it. At homes, koshari is served family-style with additional tomato sauce and crispy onion rings to pass! This is one of my Top 5 Traditional African Foods.
5. Pastilla au Pigeon(Morocco)
This is a savoury pie made of pigeon meat and various other ingredients. There is a crusty, multi -layered dough with thickened egg sauce and a spicy filling.
Weddings and social gatherings in Morocco never leave out this as part of their snack packages. Pastilla au Pigeon has been eaten at least as early as 1670 in French cuisine.
Give these 5 a taste as you tour African’s length and breadth to explore the numerous countries, cultures and list your Top 5 Traditional African Foods. Leave your comments in the below box.