Gado gado, or steamed vegetable salad with spicy peanut sauce (Indonesia)

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Kugel, or sweet noodle casserole (Jewish)

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

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“Cerdo” con peras y ciruelas pasas or “pork” with pears, prunes and almonds (Balearic islands)

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Djibouti lentils (Djibouti)

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

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Buddha’s roast “duck” with yuba (China)

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Podvarak, or braised sauerkraut and seitan (Serbia)

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Fasolia salata, or three-bean salad (Greece)

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Daraba, or peanut buttery vegetable stew (Chad)

Tweet Chad is a large landlocked country in Central Africa. It is one of the poorest and most corrupted countries of the world and most Westerners probably know nothing about it. As is common in Africa, it is home to over 200 ethnic groups and like many African countries, it unfortunately has a history of […]