African Cuisines – A Concise Writeup On South African Culinary And Its History

South Africa is blessed with a wide collection of delicacies. The culture of SA is rich and diverse and this shows in their ample array of cuisines. The soil by itself is great for plants and the fantastic environment and sunshine helps them thrive.

South Africa is known as the “Rainbow Nation”, a phrase coined by Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop and soon after popularized by the President Nelson Mandela, which defines the diversity of the country’s people and cultures. This variety is also reflected on South African cuisine, that includes cookery practised by native people including the Khoisan, Sotho and Xhosa speaking people, settler cooking introduced by Afrikaner people and British descent, the culinary of the Cape Malay folks (people who settled from Indonesia and Malaysia. Then there is the cuisine of people of Indian descent (motivated by Indian cuisine). Furthermore, South African cuisine has adopted influences from that of bordering countries, and this is clearly evident in a few recipes that possess traces of Portuguese cuisine – Angola and Mozambique both having been former Portuguese colonies.

A few popular South African dishes include:

– Biltong – Salty, dried meat (chicken, beef or even ostrich), related to jerky.

– Bobotie – Bobotie is a Cape Malay dish that is similar to meatloaf with raisins, and laced with baked egg on top. The dish is offered with different side dishes such as sambals, yellow rice, coconut, banana slices and chutney.

– Frikkadel – Meatballs with eggs, bread, spices & onions.

– Mealie bread – A sweetened bread baked with sweetcorn.

– Potjiekos – A stew with vegetables, meat, rice or potato, with wine or water added. Fruits or pasta are sometimes added.

– Sosatie – A Cape Malay dish consisting of mutton marinated with onions, chillies, curry leaves, garlic and tamarind sauce, placed on skewers and later grilled or fried.

– Tomato bredie (Afrikaans: Tamatiebredie) – Mutton stew, seasoned with chillies, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.

– Waterblommetjiebredie – Meat stewed using Cape Pondweed flowers.

– Vetkoek – Dough, filled with ground (minced) meat, mixed with syrup and honey, and later deep-fried.

– Malva Pudding – An apricot-flavored sponge-like dessert.

– Melktert – Melktert is Afrikaans for “milk tart”. This dessert consists of a pastry crust containing a rich filling made from flour, milk, eggs and sugar. Cinnamon is at times sprinkled on the surface.

For more details on some great African recipes please visit African Recipe. You may also have a peek at Pakistani cooking by visiting Pakistani Recipe

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