Known for its rich textures, delectable moorish flavours, and healthy fruit and vegetable bases, West African food is on an uprising. Here are three of many tasty dishes you must try.
Waakye from Ghana
The breakfast of champions. This is a supremely popular meal in Ghana in the morning, but can be eaten throughout the day. It is filling and flavourful and it combines beans, rice, moist gari (ground cassava), stew and spaghetti. It is served with a choice of protein, so you can choose from fish, meat or boiled eggs. Kelewele, a spiced plantain, and a vegetable salad are other extras that take Waakye to a whole different level.
Kedjenou from the Ivory Coast
This popular dish consists of a spicy stew that is slow-cooked in a terracotta pot over fire or coals. Usually made with chicken or guinea fowl, it can adapt to many variations. Although it is traditionally served with attieke – wich is flaked cassava, most other starches go well with it such as potato, plantain and others.
Superkanja from Gambia
This is a Gambian okra stew that gives a nutritional and flavourful punch. With its combination of leafy greens, such as spinach, collards, okra and sweet potato leaves it makes a winning combination. The dish are found all over West Africa and is usually combined with onions, chilli peppers and fish or meat.