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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

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South African­ Indian Style Fish Curry

South Africans of Indian origin have retained their cooking traditions; Indian influences have contributed to the rainbow nation diversity of South Africa. South African Indian fish curry is a classic Indian recipe.



The first Indians arrived during the Dutch colonial era, as slaves, in 1684. In the decades, 1690 to 1725 over 80% of the slaves were Indians. This practice continued until the end of slavery in 1838. The Indian population in South Africa lives mostly in, Durban. South Africa has an Indian population of over 1 million people of Indian descent.

South Africans of Indian origin have retained their cooking traditions; Indian influences have contributed to the rainbow nation diversity of South Africa. South African Indian fish curry is a classic Indian recipe.

South African­ Indian Style Fish Curry

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds white fish fillets
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon garam masala
10 fresh curry leaves
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large red tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 hot pepper, finely chopped
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Water

Directions

Heat oil in a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Mix spices well and add onto a plate. Dredge fish in spice mixture until completely coated. Add the coated fish pieces, fry for 3 minutes, cooked through. 

Remove fish, add mustard seeds, cover the pan with a lid, and fry until they start to pop. Add the onion and curry leaves and continue to fry for a further 4­5 minutes. 

Add the tomatoes; ginger, garlic, and pepper continue to fry, stirring well, for 3­4 minutes. Add the coconut milk and stir well. 

Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened, add water to the mixture if necessary. Serve over rice. 

Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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