50 go-to African recipes that are equal measures easy and delicious

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October 1, 2021
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50 go-to African recipes that are equal measures easy and delicious

With a continent larger than the combined size of the contiguous U.S., China, India, and the majority of Europe, it’s no wonder African cuisine boasts a seemingly endless array of stews, curries, rice dishes, and broths punctuated with a dizzying mix of amazing spices. The continent all but invented cooking—and as you learn more about some of the most popular dishes throughout Africa, you can begin seeing its influences on all other foods around the world.

Stacker compiled a list of African recipes from Allrecipes. Many of the delicious dishes listed below are woefully underrepresented in American cuisine—a fact you’re undoubtedly about to remedy. Keep reading for your new go-to stews, vegetable sides, and anytime snacks

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One-Pot Moroccan Shrimp Tagine

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 21
- Read more about the recipe here

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West African-Style Peanut Stew with Chicken

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 18
- Read more about the recipe here

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Egyptian Okra

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Chtitha Batata (Algerian Potato Stew)

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Cornes de Gazelle (Gazelle Horns)

- Prep: 1 min
- Cook: 45 mins
- Additional: 30 mins
- Total: 76 mins
- Servings: 50
- Yield: 50 cookies
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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Moroccan Chicken with Saffron and Preserved Lemon

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 42 mins
- Additional: 4 hrs
- Total: 4 hrs 57 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 chicken thighs
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Doro Wat: Ethiopian Chicken Dish

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 27 mins
- Total: 1 hr 37 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 chicken breast halves
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Qumbe (East African Coconut Candy)

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Additional: 25 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 36 balls
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 8 mins
- Additional: 8 hrs
- Total: 8 hrs 28 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 50 falafel
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lamb Tagine

- Prep: 45 mins
- Cook: 2 hrs
- Additional: 8 hrs
- Total: 10 hrs 45 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 24
- Read more about the recipe here

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Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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South African Melktert (Milk Tart)

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 70 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 9-inch pie
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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South African Traditional Vetkoek (Fried Bread)

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 6 mins
- Additional: 50 mins
- Total: 76 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 12 vetkoek
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Bobotie

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 40 mins
- Total: 1 hr 55 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lamb Tagine

- Prep: 45 mins
- Cook: 2 hrs
- Additional: 8 hrs
- Total: 10 hrs 45 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 24
- Read more about the recipe here

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Berbere Spice Blend

- Prep: 32 mins
- Total: 32 mins
- Servings: 48
- Yield: 2 cups seasoning
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Traditional Baba Ghanoush

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 3
- Yield: 3 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Ethiopian Cabbage Dish

- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 65 mins
- Servings: 5
- Yield: 5 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Harissa Powder

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 16 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Mandazi (African Donuts)

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 30 mins
- Servings: 18
- Yield: 18 donuts
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Ras el Hanout

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 8 teaspoons
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Peri Peri African Chicken

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Additional: 3 hrs
- Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Tomato Bredie

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 2 hrs
- Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Egusi Soup

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 20 mins
- Total: 1 hr 35 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 to 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Moroccan Chicken

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Additional: 5 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 17
- Read more about the recipe here

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Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 4 hrs
- Total: 4 hrs 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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Make-Ahead Vegetarian Moroccan Stew

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 70 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 23
- Read more about the recipe here

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Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 19
- Read more about the recipe here

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Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 8 mins
- Additional: 8 hrs
- Total: 8 hrs 28 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 50 falafel
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Sambusa

- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 70 mins
- Servings: 24
- Yield: 2 dozen
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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West African Peanut Stew

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 65 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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South African Brown Pudding

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 10 mins
- Total: 1 hr 20 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 16 servings
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Green Banana Fries

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 3
- Read more about the recipe here

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Umm Ali

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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African Peanut Soup

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 55 mins
- Total: 70 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 10 Servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Moroccan Lentil Soup

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 45 mins
- Total: 1 hr 65 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 plus servings
- Number of ingredients: 15
- Read more about the recipe here

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Egyptian Koshary

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 35 mins
- Total: 1 hr 50 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 17
- Read more about the recipe here

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Vegan Chickpea Curry without Coconut Milk

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Additional: 10 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Spanish Moroccan Fish

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 50 mins
- Total: 80 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 12 servings
- Number of ingredients: 15
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Hot Sauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 100
- Yield: 2 cups
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Couscous with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomato

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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Moroccan Chickpea Stew

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 17
- Read more about the recipe here

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Moroccan Harira (Bean Soup)

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 15 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 10 servings
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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Nigerian Jollof Rice with Chicken and Fried Plantains

- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 4 mins
- Total: 1 hr 29 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 21
- Read more about the recipe here

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Moroccan Couscous

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 19
- Read more about the recipe here

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Fried Cauliflower (Egyptian Style)

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Piri Piri Chicken

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Additional: 4 hrs 30 mins
- Total: 4 hrs 65 mins
- Servings: 2
- Yield: 2 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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South African Yellow Rice

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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African Curry

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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African-Style Oxtail Stew

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 3 hrs 15 mins
- Total: 3 hrs 35 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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