10 Best African Food Recipes You Should Try Out



This Zimbabwe food is a two-way recipe that has sadza on one side and stew on the other side.

Sadza is another version of thick corn porridge made from corn meal recognized by Africans.

Chicken and meat stew can also be used to prepare this Sadza or sadza re chibage like the Zimbabwe’s call it.  This is another awesome way of preparing corn porridge that most people in Africa greatly fancy.

If you ever find yourself in Zimbabwe, I will advise you order for this delicious dish and enjoy your stay more in the country.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups white cornmeal


  • In a large pot, pour three cups of water, add salt and allow to boil. Add 1 ½ cup of cornmeal and stir, allow to cook for 3 minutes.
  • Stir continuously as the mixture thickens and pull away from pot. Place on a bowl and use a wooden spoon to shapen into a round shape. Allow the sadza to cool and use your wet hands to remove the bits, then shape as desired.





“Akara” is the name for beans ball in Nigeria. This is a deep fried beans cake that is used mainly as breakfast in Nigeria. Most families enjoy this awesome dish with Custard, Pap (corn porridge) and even Oats.

Akara is often fried using groundnut oil, but in some parts of Nigeria, palm oil is used.

Sometimes brown beans is used. It is the ground or blended with onion and chili pepper and afterward fried in vegetable oil.

Every common person can afford this dish as it’s not expensive. Most small time traders, brick layers and farmers enjoy this dish with bread and soft drinks.

Even though it’s mainly eaten in the morning, Akara can be eaten any time of the day.


  • 1 cup peeled beans
  • 1 raw chilli pepper (Ata rodo) – chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1/2 of a medium onion – chopped
  • Oil for frying


  • Soak the beans for 20 minutes, wash and blend until it’s smooth.
  • In a bowl, pour the smooth beans, add salt, onions and chopped pepper, mix for 5 minutes then heat up a pan and add groundnut oil.
  • Once oil is hot, scoop ½ spoon and place in oil, add more until pan of oil is fully covered, repeat until smooth beans is finished.
  • If you notice a golden brown colour, then your Akara is ready. Serve hot with either fried yam, bread or pap.


 how to make suya

If you ever visit Nigeria and you don’t get to eat Suya, then you did miss out. I guess you just have to visit again to enjoy this delicacy.

Suya is a combination of fried meat, grilled over an open flame, wrapped in newspaper and served with onion; cabbage spread all over.

Suya is a special food for every kind of person. For newlywed couples, dates, students and also for businessmen trying to relax and chill out.

This dish is just perfect.

The key to an excellent suya is the spice that is called “yaji”, and the chefs that make this delicacy are called the Mallams.

They will never want to share their recipe, but today is your lucky day as we are going to share it here.

If you are a real lover of meat, this is the meal you shouldn’t miss whenever you visit Nigeria. It’s affordable, and easy to access.  In fact, at most joints in Nigeria mostly at night, one or more Suya spots can be sited.

So, when next you visit Nigeria ensure you visit a Suya spot so you too can tell the story yourself.


  • 2 pounds of sirloin steak
  • ¼ cup roasted almonds/peanuts
  • ½ -1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • ½ – 1 tablespoon hot ground pepper or cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chicken Bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to drizzle on the meat
  • Salt


  • The skewers should be soaked in water for 20 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 450 degree F.
  • In a bowl, mix white pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onions powder, hot ground pepper, maggi.
  • Peel roasted peanuts and grind, then add to the mixture above.
  • Into diagonal shape, slice the steaks, then fix the steaks on the skewer and add the spice mixture on both sides, fully cover the skewer with slices of meat.
  • Place the skewer on a roasting sheet with foil paper, sprinkle oil and bake for 15 minutes, serve warm.



This South African traditional dish of the Nguni people is referred to as “Isistambu” mainly by the Zulu people and the Xhosa people know it as Umnggusho. This dish is made from cooked sugar beans and crushed corn kernels (Samp).

The sugar beans is a kind of beans that tastes sweet when cooked even without enough ingredients. That’s why it’s referred to as sweet beans. This beans is prepared together with crushed corn and this makes a delicious porridge.


  • 4 cups cooked samp and bean mix
  • 15ml sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 3 fat garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 410 gr can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups finely chopped spinach
  • ½ cup water
  • Fresh coriander chopped


  • Soak the beans and samp overnight. Then drain the water and place in a pot, add water and allow to boil until it’s soft and tender.
  • Fry onions, add garlic, curry powder, rainbow pepper and chili pepper. Add tomatoes and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Now add water and leave until it’s thick and saucy.
  • Stir the beans and samp, add spinach and leave to heat up for 10 minutes, garnish with chopped coriander.



Pounded yam and Egusi soup is very popular in Nigeria and also many parts of the world. The Egusi soup is prepared from ground melon seed and the pounded yam is just extremely crushed white yam.

The Egusi soup is also prepared with leaf of any kind, meat, fish, and seasonings. It is often eaten with Amala, Fufu, Eba and even White Rice.

Any typically Nigerian will prefer pounded yam to any foreign dish not just because it’s a local dish but because of its rich taste and its highly nutritious.

This dish is served in every Nigerian home and in every Nigerian restaurant as well.

Pounded yam and Egusi soup is not for any specific culture or tribe in Nigeria.


  • 2 lb(s) boneless goat meat, cut in bite-size pieces
  • dried fish, to taste
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 maggi cubes, or other chicken bouillion cubes
  • 3 cup water
  • 4 fresh Jamaican chile peppers
  • dried shrimp, to taste
  • dried crayfish, to taste
  • 2 cup melon seed
  • 1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed (340 g)
  • ½ cup palm oil
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Pounded Yam
  • 2 cup Negro yam flour
  • 2 cup water



  • Put goat meat in a pot, add the dried fish after washing, and add onions. Maggi and salt to taste. Add 3 cups of water and allow to cook for 20 minutes.
  • Put chilli pepper and onion in a blender and blend, then scrape onion pepper into a bowl and keep aside.
  • Put crayfish, shrimp and melon seed in a blender and blend until it is smooth.
  • When meat is cooked, add melon seed (Egusi) and mix it.
  • Add spinach, oil and maggi cubes (seasonings), cover and allow to cook.


  • Peel and boil white yam in pot of water, allow for 20 minutes.
  • When cooked, take out and place in a mortar. Pound until soft
  • If you don’t want to go through that stress, just heat up water in a pot.
  • Once it starts boiling, add yam flour, stir until it’s smooth. Serve warm with Egusi soup.

Finally, wherever you are in the world these are the 10 best African recipes you should try out at home or when next you visit Africa. Africa is a beautiful continent and their food too contributes to the uniqueness of the continent.

Believe me when I say you are really missing out if you haven’t sampled any of these dishes.

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