This festive season, take a culinary journey through the heart of Africa with our handpicked selection of traditional African recipes. Enjoy the warmth and vibrant flavours of the continent, including aromatic North African spices and rich stews, or try your hand at perfecting the spicy, delicious flavours of West Africa.

Cook these celebratory dishes from across the region and share them with loved ones, discovering the essence of African cultural traditions and infusing your own holiday festivities with new life. Let these African recipes fill your kitchen with joyful aromas and your table with a satisfying feast.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine

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Indulge in the rich and aromatic flavours of Morocco with a classic Lamb Tagine. This slow-cooked dish features succulent lamb, sweet dried fruits, and a blend of spices like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon. Serve it over couscous for a hearty and festive meal.


  • Lamb shoulders, diced
  • Apricots and dates, dried
  • Onions, tomatoes, and garlic
  • Ground cumin, coriander, and cinnamon
  • Chicken broth
  • Couscous for serving

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Jollof Rice from Nigeria

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Celebrate the West African way with the iconic Jollof Rice. This one-pot dish boasts a symphony of flavours, combining tomatoes, peppers, and spices. It's a festive staple often served with grilled chicken or fish.


  • Basmati rice
  • Tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions
  • Tomato paste
  • Vegetable oil
  • Chicken or vegetable broth
  • Thyme, bay leaves, and other spices

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South African Bobotie

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Experience the unique blend of sweet and savoury in South Africa's Bobotie. This baked dish features spiced minced meat topped with a custard-like layer. Serve it with yellow rice and chutney for a delightful holiday feast.


  • Butter
  • White bread
  • Raisins and almonds
  • Curry powder and turmeric
  • Eggs and milk for the topping

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Ghanaian Kelewele

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Add a spicy kick to your holiday spread with Kelewele, a popular Ghanaian street food. These fried plantains, seasoned with a blend of spices, make for a flavorful and addictive snack or side dish.


  • Ripe plantains
  • Ginger, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper
  • Ground cinnamon and cloves
  • Vegetable oil for frying

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Ethiopian Doro Wat

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Transport your taste buds to Ethiopia with the rich and spicy Doro Wat, a chicken stew that's a staple during festive occasions. Infused with berbere spice, it's traditionally served with injera.


  • Chicken pieces
  • Berbere spice blend
  • Onions, garlic, and ginger
  • Tomato paste
  • Injera (Ethiopian flatbread)

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Celebrate the holiday season with these delectable African recipes that not only tantalise the taste buds but also weave the stories of diverse cultures and traditions. Share the joy of cooking and savouring these dishes, creating festive moments filled with the warmth and flavours of Africa.

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