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A Quick Guide to Fufu, Africa's Staple Food

In this short guide, we list various kinds of fufu from across the continent, and offer links to recipes on how to make them as well as pairing suggestions.

The sheer joy of eating fufu is is hard to match. Stick your hand into the pounded starch and use it to scoop the best bits of hot soup from the bowl. From the time we start eating solid food as babies until our teeth fall out, most of us Africans will eat a variation of this distinctive staple almost daily.

There are hundreds of variations on fufu to fit all tastes, both personal and regional. We all have our favorites, the fufu that we think works best with a certain stew, or for a certain time of day, and we all know that one weird person who eats their's with a fork—like seriously, why?

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Learn How to Make Flavorful Somali Suqaar With This Recipe Video

Here's a simple recipe video for Somali suqaar, a fried meat dish that's jam-packed with flavor.

During the month of November, OkayAfrica will celebrate and highlight all things African food.

In our latest recipe video, we show you how to make, Somali suqaar, a flavorful, herb infused meat dish that will excite your taste buds.

See how to make the Somali staple in the video below, and check out the full recipe underneath.


Ingredients:

1lb beef stew meat

1 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp Black pepper

½ stock cube

1 tsp Salt

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¼ cup canola oil

1 potato

1 carrot

½ green bell pepper

½ chilli pepper

½ onion

1 garlic clove

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cilantro

1 tsp Salt

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2 cups of chicken stock

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Cilantro (garnish)

Preparation:

In a hot wok, add beef stew meat, onion powder, black pepper, stock cube and salt.

Mix in and leave to marinate on stove for 7 mins

Add canola oil and onions. Sautee until onions turn translucent

Add cilantro, cumin, potato, garlic, green bell pepper, chilli pepper, carrot and salt and stir.

Pour chicken stock and leave until water is reduced

Garnish with cilantro

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Credits

Editor: Kanil Ward

Producer: Chika Okoli

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Essential Foods You'll Find at an African Party

We know these are the African foods you long for. Let the drooling commence.

It's food month here at OkayAfrica and that means that we'll be exploring different African delicacies, sharing recipes, highlighting the best spots for African cuisine, and dropping quick food videos throughout the month of November, so get your taste buds ready.

No singular cuisine defines any country or region. Culinary scenes are comprised of a mix of influences from indigenous groups, European colonizers as well as ancient trade routes in which we came in contact with Arabic and Indian nomads. There are multiple religious, cultural, historical and topographical factors at play.

Food transcends borders but flavor, my friends, flavor, reigns supreme. Our flavors are complex, bitter, spicy and at times sour but more often than not, they call to mind home.

Africans far and wide are consistently brought together by one thing, FOOD! The quintessential way to enjoy a meal is to do so surrounded by friends and family. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it's only right we put together a list of essential foods you'll find at an African party. Few are the gatherings that don't offer these options.

Please, don't read this on an empty stomach.

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