International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Africa: Cuisine and Recipes

African mother and child

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The cooking of Africa has roots reaching back thousands of years. This huge continent is the origin of many unique grains and vegetables, many found nowhere else in the world. In recent centuries, African cuisine has been influenced by Arab traders, European colonizers and Asian immigrants.

Most African meals center around a starchy gruel — fufu, ugali or nshima — that is served a vegetable stew or a soup. Grilled meats and smoked fish are also popular. Many dishes get fiery heat from hot chile peppers.