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Lesotho: Lesothan Chakalaka with Pap

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Lesothan Chakalaka: Serves 2-3

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 hot red chillies, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
salt & pepper

Pap: Serves 2-3

300 g maize meal or polenta
300 ml water

Method: 25-30 Minutes (Total Cooking Time)

The first thing you need to do is to measure out the 300ml of water into a medium pot and bring to a boil. While you wait for it to boil, Weigh out 300g of polenta. (you can use cornmeal if you don’t have polenta). If you dont have access to a kitchen scale, 300g is a little less than 2 cups.

The pap will be quite dry, but don't worry it tastes great when you mix it with the chakalaka.

The pap will be quite dry, but don’t worry it tastes great when you mix it with the chakalaka.

 

Once the water is boiling, pour in the polenta and quickly give it a stir to mix it through. It will be a very dry, crumbly texture. Turn the heat all the way down to low, and put the lid on. You are going to let this simmer for 25 minutes, stirring every 4-5 minutes so that it doesn’t burn the pap.

Next, chop the vegetables. make sure to remember to stir the pap every few minutes. At the halfway point, I added about 1/4 cup of warm water, but the original recipe did not call for it.

Throw the carrot into a frying pan with about 2 Tbsp of oil. Fry this for about 4-6 minutes.

Carrots are about ready.

Carrots are about ready.

 

Once the carrots are cooked, throw in the rest of the vegetables except for the tomatoes. Fry these vegetables for about 5 more minutes. While this is cooking, you can add salt and pepper to both the chakalaka and pap (to taste).

Last, add the 2 chopped tomatoes to the pan, and cook this mixture until the tomatoes mush and form a type of sauce.

Lastly, dish out the pap on to plates, and then cover with the chakalaka. Your dish is ready to serve.

Source: cookingtheglobe.wordpress.com

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Basic Ghanaian Gravy

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  1. Heat oil in frying pan and saute onions until soft, but not brown.
  2. Add tomatoes, cayenne pepper, seasoning salt and thyme (plus green pepper is using).
  3. Fry for 30 minutes until tomatoes are soft and deep red in color.

Source : www.geniuskitchen.com

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Domada (Gambian Peanut Stew)

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The national dish of Gambia. A thick, saucy stew served over rice.
: The Daring Gourmet, www.daringgourmet.com
Cuisine: African
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb beef steak or 1 lb chicken breast, cut into ½ inch chunks (or use bone-in chicken pieces and simmer them in the sauce; once cooked leave the pieces whole or remove the meat from the bones and add it back to the stew.)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ can (3 oz) tomato paste
  • ¾ cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter
  • 4 Maggi or Knorr tomato bouillon cubes
  • 3 cups water
  • Scotch bonnet chilies, diced, according to heat preference
  • 4 cups pumpkin or sweet potato, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in large Dutch oven. Saute the onions until golden. Add the beef and garlic and continue to sauté until the beef is no longer pink. Add the tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, chilies, peanut butter and stir to combine. Add the water and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add squash, cover, and continue to cook for 35-40 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Serve hot with rice. This stew tastes even better the next day.
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How to cook Nigerian Jollof Rice

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·         Red Pepper (Tatase)
·         Onions
·         Plum Tomato
·         Fresh Tomatoes
·         Scotch Bonnet (Rodo)
·         Knorr Cubes
·         Tomato Puree
·         Bay Leaves
·         Jollof Rice Seasoning
·         Knorr Aromat Seasoning
·         Vegetable Oil
·         Salt
·         All Purpose Seasoning
·         Mixed Herbs
·         Easy Cook Long Grain Rice
Cooking Instructions:
 
·         Heat the Vegetable oil in a pot for 5-6 minutes, you need this piping hot.
·         Blend the plum tomatoes, onion, scotch bonnet, red pepper together and add it to the piping hot vegetable oil.
·         Season the mixture in the pot with Knorr cubes, Jollof rice seasoning, all purpose seasoning, mixed herbs, Aromat seasoning and salt, then stir in.
·         Leave to fry for 15 minutes.
·         After 15 minutes, add the washed rice, then the tomato puree and mix together.
·         Add the bay leaves for aroma; this gives the meal a unique taste too.
·         Add a small quantity of water, you don’t need a lot as the rice needs to steam cook.
·         Leave to steam cook on low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes.
·         Add fresh tomatoes and onions to garnish and leave to cook for another 5 minutes. Great job!

Source : www.nigerianfoodchannel.com

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