Top 10 Most Popular African Foods

African cuisine is as diverse as the hundreds of different cultures and groups that inhabit the continent. This diversity is reflected in the many local culinary traditions in terms of choice of ingredients, style of preparation and cooking techniques. Many of the dishes are also affected by the subsistence nature of living in many parts of the continent – you find farmers, herdsmen and fishermen everywhere. The crops they grow or the animals they keep thus affect the popular dishes in their regions. here are the top 10 most popular dishes on the continent:

1. Fufu

Very popular in West Africa, it is made by boiling starchy food crops like cassava, yams or cooking plantains and then pounding them into a dough-like consistency.

2. Biltong

Cured meat exported all over Africa, originally from South Africa

3. Jollof rice

The most popular rice dish in West Africa, the most common basic ingredients are rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, salt and red pepper

4. Garri

A popular West African starchy carbohydrate made from pounded and fermented cassava tubers.


5. Fried Plantain or Dodo

Found anywhere that plantains grow, this is a staple on the continent and served with meats dishes.

6. Biryanis and Pilaus

With Indian origins, these rice dishes are fragrant and flavourful, mostly popular along the East African coast.

7. Suya

A spicy shish kebab-like skewered meat delicacy in West Africa.

8. Piri Piri Sauce


A hot and fragrant sauce originally from Portugal but widely adopted in southern African cooking.

9. Mafé

A famous and popular West African stew with meat simmered in a sauce thickened with ground peanuts.

10. Kachumbari

A fresh tomato and onion salad dish popular in the cuisines of Madagascar, East Africa and the African Great Lakes region.



Written by PH

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