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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

African Cooking Golden Rule

The golden rule in African cooking is to season food with many spices while maintaining the balance between their different flavors.


Most African dishes call for several different spices that give African cuisine its character. Do not assume that African spices are difficult to find, a visit the African grocery store online or a local supermarket will provide all the spice in your life you will ever need.

Africa is the birthplace of okra, it is one of the most common vegetables used all over Africa; it has a place in most recipes throughout the world.


The golden rule in African cooking is to season food with many spices while maintaining the balance between their different flavors.
Curried Okra Stew

Curried Okra Stew


Ingredients:
1 pound fresh okra, sliced lengthwise
2 medium potatoes, diced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
2 teaspoons ginger paste
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 teaspoon hot ground chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons red palm oil
2 cups vegetable broth or water

Directions:

Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and fry onions with spices until onions are slightly soft.  Add potatoes and broth, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and okra, cook on medium heat for 10 minutes longer. Serve over rice.

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