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4 Multinational Dishes of African Origins

Chef Aminatha – Kilgali, Rwanda. Credit: Sarine Arslanian / Shutterstock.com

Every civilization has a set of components and rituals that define its identity. When thinking about identity, people usually examine special dresses, beliefs, and history. In this article, I want to talk about something that is one of the cornerstones of a civilization’s identity: FOOD. The dishes and meals I discuss originated in Africa but got popular and attracted fans from all over the world.  For all of you foodies here, this is going to be an interesting article to read.

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  • Couscous

As a Tunisian, I got to see the popularity of this dish not only among my fellow Tunisian citizens, but also among multinational tourists who visit our country. Couscous is made of steamed semolina. With vegetables and chicken, lamb, or fish, Couscous will please your tongue and attract your heart. Women in Tunisia make sure to teach their daughters how to make a good couscous as they see the dish as a cornerstone of our identity.

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  • Piri Piri Chicken

This dish can be found in Mozambique; where the cuisine is a mixture of African, Portuguese, and Arab dishes and traditions. Piri Piri chicken combines spices and coconut sauces, with some cashews and peanuts.

The popularity of this dish made major media outlets such as BBC and The Guardian dedicate on of their web pages to present the recipe for the perfect Piri Piri Chicken to allow multinational food enthusiasts to try and make it at home

Koshari Credit: AS Food Studio/Shutterstock
  • Koshari

Koshari is one of the most known dishes in Africa (especially north Africa) as it comes to the world from Egypt. While its composition can seem odd, Koshari has a special place in every Egyptian’s heart as well as the so many multinational visitors who choose Egypt to spend their vacations.

Koshari is made of rice, lentils, macaroni, garlic, and chickpeas, in addition to a spicy tomato sauce and some fried onion. Egypt attracts multinational visitors from all over the world not only because of the historical wonders it has to offer, but also due to the rich cuisine it offers.

It is also very important to know that Koshari can not only be found in Egypt, most capitals all around the world have some Egyptian restaurants where people can find this delicious dish.

Jollof rice with grilled chicken wings and fried bananas plantains. Credit: Rimma Bondarenko / Shutterstock.com
  • Jollof Rice

Coming to the world from the West African sub-region, this meal has multinational fans from all over the globe. Jollof is a mixture of rice and tomato sauce that can be served with either meat or fish. Chicken is also a common accompaniment to Jollof. This dish is the center of a fierce rivalry among Nigerians, Senegalese and Ghanaians as each of them claims to make the dish best.

There is always so much to discover about other countries, regions, and cultures. There are so many traditions and characteristics that attract curious visitors to other completely different groups and cultures.

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