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These 16 Famous African Foods Will Get You Addicted

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Written by Jesca

What is travel without food, or food without travel? The two adventures go hand in hand and the most famous African foods can make your safari holiday a memorable one. 

Africa boasts of an outstanding diet in the world. Whether it’s a national dish a traditional meal, or the daily meals, African food has a taste in every aspect. Further, the cooking style is full of surprises, with enchanting flavours.

The food has something for everyone. From simple maize/grain porridges and root vegetables to magnificent feasting feasts such as tagines, stews, and aromatic curries. This article focuses on regional dishes that you might enjoy during your visit. Without much ado, below are 16 of the most popular African foods.

Fufu (Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

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Fufu (Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone). Photo/TasteAtlas.

Fufu definitely is among the most famous African foods. West Africa cannot survive without this dish rocking Ghana, and Nigeria. This starch-based dish is prepared from cassava or yams and served with soup or stew of your choice.

Nyama Choma (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda)

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Nyama Choma (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda). Photo/hivisasa.com.

Nyama Choma is a popular East African meal. It is grilled mutton or beef often served with a ugali.

Injera

Injera

Injera . Photo/the dozen.

Injera is a sourdough flatbread that is popular in Ethiopia and Eritrea. They make it out of teff flour, water, and yeast, and it has a spongy texture. Injera is usually served with stews or curries on top, and it is also used to scoop up food.

Ful

Ful Mudammas

Ful Mudammas (Egyptian Breakfast Fava Beans With Tahini). Photo/Serious Eats.

Ful is a dish that originates from Egypt, made out of fava beans. The beans are cooked and then mashed and served with bread, vegetables, and a variety of spices.

Muamba

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Muamba. Photo/Angola 24 horas.

Muamba is a dish from Angola that is made of chicken and vegetables. The chicken is first cooked in palm oil and garlic sauce, then stewed with vegetables until it is very tender. They often serve Muamba with rice or bread.

Chicken Yassa

Chicken Yassa

Senegalese Braised Chicken (Poulet Yassa). Photo/PCC.

Chicken Yassa is a popular dish from Senegal that is made with chicken, onions, and lemon sauce. Chicken is marination in the sauce for several hours or even overnight before it is cooked. They serve this dish with rice or couscous.

Biltong

Biltong, South Africa.

Biltong — Southern Africa. Photo/shellsadventures.com.

Biltong is a popular South African snack that is made from dried and cured meat. It is jerky and is prepared from beef or game meat.

Peri Peri Chicken (Mozambique)

Peri Peri chicken

Peri Peri chicken. Photo/Hungry For Goodies

Peri Peri chicken is a mouth-watering meal served with big bowls of crispy salads and hot chips or Portuguese bread. It is one of the most popular African food, especially in Mozambique. This dish is by far one of the juiciest, beautifully browned roast chickens you’d ever taste. They also make Peru peri chicken with a scintillating, smokey spicy coconut creamy sauce. 

Githeri 

Githeri 

Famous Kenyan dishes. Photo/YouTube

Githeri is a famous African food, especially in East Africa. They make it using boiled beans and fresh or dry maize. In Tanzania, we call it Makande. It is a staple food for many ethnic groups of Kenya, such as Kikuyu, Meru, Kamba, Mbeere, and Embu tribes. 

Koshari (Egypt)

Koshari-Egypt

Egyptian koshari, one of the best food for vegetarians. Photo/Taste.

Koshari is a street popular food in Egypt and is one of the most famous African foods. It is served in almost every Egyptian home and corner. It is a bowl made by mixing boiled lentils, rice, spicy tomato sauces, garlic, and spices. They can serve this Egyptian beloved food with a sprinkling of garlic juice or vinegar and hot sauce. 

Matapa |Cassava Leaf Stew

Matapa

Matapa. Photo/friedrich.hospitality.foundation.

This is a Mozambican meal. Matapa’s recipes include cassava leaves, cashew nuts, and coconut milk. It can contain other constituents like seafood——shrimp, crab, and so forth. Matapa is a rich source of animal protein. It may present allergic reactions in people who have allergies to seafood and nuts.

Chambo (Malawi)

Chambo

Chambo. Photo/talkrealnow.com.

Chambo is a species of the tilapia family found on the lake shores of Malawi. Tilapia is sometimes dried in the sun, then roasted, cooked, or fried. It can be served with a side of soup and is usually eaten with rice or Nsima, a starch staple thickened porridge made from maize. Chambo is delicious and is so popular that even the most famous hotels in Malawi have it on their menu.

Pastilla au pigeon (Morocco)

Pastilla au pigeon

Pastilla au pigeon. Photo/TasteAtlas.

Also known as B’stilla, this many-faceted feast dish is sweet and savoury; substantial and delicate. Pastilla au pigeon is a pie made from shredded cooked squab thickened with egg sauce and interspersed with paper-thin pastry and layers of nutty, spicy filling. Pastilla au pigeon is a labour-intensive dish to make, but it is a must-have for any grand celebration and feast.

Nsaka Madesu – Congo

This is a popular dish in the Congo, with a terrific flavour. Nsaka Madesu is one of the famous African Foods that is simple to prepare. They make it out of cassava leaves and beans, which are seasoned with onions, garlic, and pepper.

Tanjia—Morocco

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Moroccan Tangia Marrakchia. Photo/thespruceeats.

Tanjia is a traditional Moroccan dish. This is sheep meat cooked in a clay urn with spices, such as saffron, cumin, garlic, lemons, and olive oil. This is among the famous African foods, notably popular in Marrakech. They fill the urns with a variety of ingredients and cooked slowly overnight in the coals of a public bath (hammam) until the meat falls off the bone tender.

Chapati

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Kenyan Chapati. Photo/bigoven.com.

Another famous African food appetizer is chapati. This delicious food is popular mostly in East Africa. Chapati is an unleavened flat bread, made of wheat flour, warm water, sugar, table salt, margarine and oil.

In Uganda, it is very common in restaurants and on the streets. They usually serve it with chicken soup, banana, beef stew, cold nutrition, spicy tea or bean stew. Although this African food originated from India, it has become very common amongst East African people.

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About the author

Jesca

Besigye is a Ugandan writer and a teacher by profession. She loves adventure and travelling that's why she loves writing travel blogs.

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