Chipsimayei – french fries omelette

Chipsimayei – french fries omelette

Chipsmayei

Level

Easy

Time

5 Min

SERVES

2

Tanzanian Omelet

Chipsmayei was one of the first dishes we ate in Tanzania. During your trip through Tanzania, you are guaranteed to find this food on every corner. Basically, the African recipe consists only of omelets and chips. We admit: It sounds a little strange, but it’s super for making a delicious breakfast out of leftover fries. The fries blend perfectly with the omelet.

Ingredients

  • leftover french fries
  • 4 onions
  • eggs
  • salt
  • tomatoes for decoration

Instructions

How to prepare Chipsimayei

  1. Peel and cut onions
  2. Heat vegetable oil and add onions until they become a little glassy
  3. Add french fries
  4. Turn down the heat to level 3
  5. Add eggs and add salt as well as pepper
  6. Cover the pan and let it sit for 2-3 minutes before carefully turning the omelet
  7. Cut tomatoes
  8. Serve with fresh diced tomatoes and fresh pepper
  9. Enjoy immediately
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In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean

In this incredible volume, Somali chef Hawa Hassan and food writer Julia Turshen present 75 recipes and stories gathered from bibis (or grandmothers) from eight African nations: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea. Most notably, these eight countries are at the backbone of the spice trade, many of them exporters of things like pepper and vanilla. Through Hawa’s writing—and her own personal story—the women, and the stories behind the recipes, come to life. 

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Flavors of Africa: Discover Authentic Family Recipes from All Over the Continent

In Flavors of Africa, Evi Aki shares the traditional Nigerian dishes she grew up enjoying, as well as typical eats from all across the continent. She introduces customary recipes from each of Africa’s different regions, including meals from Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Angola, and more, all of which she collected with the help of relatives and family friends.

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Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

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Ugali Recipe – the Tanzanian side dish

Ugali Recipe – the Tanzanian side dish

Ugali

Level

Easy

Time

35Min

SERVES

2

An easy Ugali recipe

Learn how to prepare this exotic basic with this easy ugali recipe!

The polenta-like side dish is popular across Sub-Saharan Africa. What’s known as ugali in Tanzania and Kenya is called nsima or nshima in Zambia and Malawi or just pap in South Africa.

Ugali is not a dish by itself. It usually accompanies dishes. Similar to Chapatis, ugali is a side dish and utensil in one.

To eat ugali, form a small ball with hands and slightly smush it with your fingers. Form an indentation and use it to scoop up meats and veggies.

Ugali might seem a little stretchy, but we promise you’ll grow to love the slight popcorn flavor! Its light flavor makes it the perfect side dish for any kind of meat, fish or veggies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of corn flour
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

How to prepare Ugali

  1. Lightly roast flour in a dry pan
  2. Bring water to boil in a saucepan
  3. Add flour to the boiling water and start stirring with a flat wooden spoon mashing out any lumps
  4. Cook for about 10 minutes while continuously stirring
  5. Reduce the heat and cover for another 3-5 minutes
  6. Stir again for 2 minutes before forming a dome. Now the ugali should no longer stick to the spoon and have a tasty, mild aroma of roasted corn. It should not be fine but should have the texture of coarse semolina
  7. Cook till it has a firm texture
  8. Serve with veggies or meat of your choice!
Ugali recipe

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Pilau recipe – Fatima’s spice rice

Pilau recipe – Fatima’s spice rice

Zanzibari Pilau

Level

Easy

Time

50 Min

SERVES

2

Fatima’s pilau recipe

During our stay in Zanzibar, we got to know Fatima, her husband, and her family a bit better. It was nice to stay outside of town because we were able to observe the authentic village life.

One evening, Fatima introduced us to this tasty pilau recipe. Pilau is considered a typical Zanzibari dish. On the island its also called spice rice.

This pilau recipe is quick and easy while loaded with delicious flavors. Spice rice makes up for a veggie dish by itself, but as we were close to the sea with access to fresh tuna, Fatima proposed to add it to the rice.

The term Pilaf is often used when referring to rice which is cooked in broth. The technique originated in the Middle East but quickly spread across continents. It’s an intensely flavourful dish which will stimulate your taste buds!

The list of ingredients is quite long, but don’t let it scare you! It’s really easy to and quick to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 150 g  of tuna per person
  • 1,5 cups of rice per person
  • cumin spice
  • cardamon
  • curry
  • star anise
  • cinnamon stick
  • smoked paprika
  • minced garlic

For the marinara:

    • Soy sauce
    • Ginger
    •  Garlic
    •  Onions
    • 1 spoon of above-prepared spice mix
    • minced ginger
    • salt
    • pepper
    • 1 cup of broth
    • 1 cup of coconut milk
    • 1 chopped pepper
    • 2 chopped tomato

Instructions

How to prepare Zanzibari Pilau

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees
  2. Mix all spices in one bowl and spare one spoon for the marinara
  3. Prepare marinara: mix spices with soy sauce, mashed garlic, and chopped ginger
  4. Let rest for 30 minutes
  5. Heat saucepans with oil and add all spices while stirring. After 2 minutes add tomatoes, onions pepper and quickly saute the tuna filets from both sides for 1 minute before taking them out
  6. Stir in rice and add broth and coconut milk
  7. Warp the tuna in foil and put it into the often for about 15 minutes
  8. Reduce heat and let the rice cook until finished. You may add liquids
  9. Remove cinnamon stick and bay leaf before sending your taste buds on a wild ride!
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My favorite African cookbooks

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In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean

In this incredible volume, Somali chef Hawa Hassan and food writer Julia Turshen present 75 recipes and stories gathered from bibis (or grandmothers) from eight African nations: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea. Most notably, these eight countries are at the backbone of the spice trade, many of them exporters of things like pepper and vanilla. Through Hawa’s writing—and her own personal story—the women, and the stories behind the recipes, come to life. 

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Flavors of Africa: Discover Authentic Family Recipes from All Over the Continent

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Chapati recipe | Bread and utensil in one

Chapati recipe | Bread and utensil in one

Chapati Recipe

Level

Easy

Time

45 Min

SERVES

2

An easy Chapati recipe

One of our constant companions in Tanzania – chapatis! This is probably more of an equivalent of bread to us. Even though it’s not too usual, we loved our chapati with some scrambled eggs or chipsi mayei in the morning.  Learn how to prepare this typical side dish with our chapati recipe!

This flatbread is a staple food of Swahili-speaking people in Tanzania. It is usually served as a side dish to vegetable or meat dishes. Chapati is not only a side dish but similar to ugali also used as a utensil to pick up food.

People across the world have their versions of chapati. It’s especially common on the sub-Indian continent. Immigrants introduced it to the Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, and East Africa. Hence, you might have already tasted chapati. You might have gotten to know chapatis as shabatti, phulka, roshi or roti

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of white flour
  • 0.5 teaspoon of salt
  • water
  • oil

Instructions

How to prepare Chapatis

  1. Mix salt with flour and add one tablespoon of oil
  2. Start mixing with your hands while adding enough water to form an elastic dough without lumps
  3. Form 4 equal parts
  4. Roll one of the four portions into a circle and spread 0.5 teaspoons of oil. Roll it up, spread it and roll it again into a snail house
  5. Do the same for the other three portions
  6. Let them rest for at least 30 minutes
  7. Roll the balls out into circles of 13-16 cm
  8. Melt some oil or butter in a pan before cooking the Chapati
  9. Watch them bubble up as they cook rapidly
  10. Enjoy your hot Chapati!
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My favorite African cookbooks

East african cookbook

In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean

In this incredible volume, Somali chef Hawa Hassan and food writer Julia Turshen present 75 recipes and stories gathered from bibis (or grandmothers) from eight African nations: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea. Most notably, these eight countries are at the backbone of the spice trade, many of them exporters of things like pepper and vanilla. Through Hawa’s writing—and her own personal story—the women, and the stories behind the recipes, come to life. 

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Flavors of Africa: Discover Authentic Family Recipes from All Over the Continent

In Flavors of Africa, Evi Aki shares the traditional Nigerian dishes she grew up enjoying, as well as typical eats from all across the continent. She introduces customary recipes from each of Africa’s different regions, including meals from Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Angola, and more, all of which she collected with the help of relatives and family friends.

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