Salad de mangue, or mango and pineapple salad (Niger)

Tweet Niger, not to be confused with the neighbouring Nigeria, is a large (almost twice as big as Texas) landlocked country in Central/Western Africa. With just 15 million inhabitants it is much more sparsely populated than Nigeria, which houses 170 million people. It is a very poor country and has the second poorest human development […]

Maharagwe, or curried black-eyed beans in coconut milk (Mali)

Tweet People know very little about Mali, considering that area-wise it is the 24th largest country in the world. Few would be able to place it on the map: it is in West Africa, landlocked. The natural resources include gold and uranium, but Mali is still one of the poorest countries in the world, with […]

Eggplant curry (Botswana)

Tweet Botswana is a large landlocked country in Southern Africa, a former colony of the United Kingdom. Because 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari desert, the population is only about two million, making Botswana one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana used to be extremely poor, but now […]

Kansiye, or a peanut butter tomato stew (Guinea)

Tweet There are no fewer than three different Guineas in Africa: Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea (and none of them should be confused with Papua New Guinea!). This recipe is from Guinea, sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to better distinguish it from all the other Guineas. Formerly a French colony, the fairly large country is located in […]

Maakouda, or roasted eggplant “frittata” (Tunisia)

Tweet Tunisia is a relatively small Arab country in North Africa – much smaller than its neighbours Libya and Algeria, which are quite huge. Its history dates back to about 4000 BCE. Later it became a part of the Roman empire. Soon after the birth of Islam the region was conquered by Arab Muslims who […]

Mango coconut fool (Liberia)

Tweet Liberia is a small country on the coast of West Africa, originally founded by liberated American and Caribbean slaves, though nowadays their descendants only form a small fraction of the inhabitants. English remains the official language, but ethnically the people are very diverse. There have been two recent civil wars, which have left the […]

Djibouti lentils (Djibouti)

Tweet Djibouti is a tiny country in the Horn of Africa, mostly consisting of stony semidesert, with a population of less than a million. It used to belong to France and still maintains close relations to France. French is the official language and the currency is known as the Djibouti Franc. It is, however, also […]

Soupe d’avocat abidjanaise, or cold avocado soup (Côte d’Ivoire)

Tweet Côte d’Ivoire is a country in West Africa, also known as Ivory Coast. As the name suggests it is a former colony of France and French remains the official language. Religion-wise it is quite heterogenous, with large populations practicing Christianity, Islam and their mixtures with local religions. In the past 15 years it has […]

Bobotie, or curried “meatloaf” (South Africa)

Tweet South Africa is a large country in Southern Africa (well, duh), unfortunately perhaps best known for its apartheid policy. About 80% of the people are of black origin, showing that yes, you can discriminate against the majority. It is also infamous for some other things, like the mind-blowingly high number of rapes and the […]

Curried sweet potato and pea soup (Uganda)

Tweet Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, unfortunately mostly known for negative things like the past dictator Idi Amin, recent not-so-fair elections, and the current ban on homosexuality, with even plans to introduce death penalty for it. Even now gays are shunned in the media and often killed. Despite these atrocities, Uganda has […]