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Three Super Easy African Homemade Spice Recipes

The art of African cooking lies in the blending of herbs and spices to flavor food. Recipes for the heart, mind, and soul.

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There is no better way to understand a culture than through its food. Food bonds families, friends, and communities as well as giving everyday nourishment.  Add a new aroma to your food life. Ja means eat in the African language Southern Sotho (soh-toh) or Sesotho (se-soh-toh.) Here are three super easy homemade spice recipes from our book A Field of Greens.

Three Super Easy African Homemade Spice Recipes

Three Super Easy African Homemade Spice Recipes

Simple Ground Curry


Yield about 1/4 cup


1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon coriander

2 teaspoons cumin

½ teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons mustard seeds


Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container away from light and heat.


North Africa

Yield about ¾ cup


1 ½ cups fresh cilantro

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt



In a food processor, add all ingredients, process until mixture resembles a thick sauce. Add more olive oil if needed.

Ground Piri Piri


Yield about ½  cup


1 teaspoon dried lemon peel

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon red pepper flake


Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in an airtight container away from light and heat.

Second edition of A Field of Greens has the same favorite recipes we all know and love plus a new chapter on drinks, Ashanti Adinkra symbols and a few more surprises. With 111 easy African slow cooker recipes, fall in love with your slow cooker all over again. 

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