April 10th, 2020

Africa in the Kitchen - Our Top 5 African Recipes

Written by:

James Handley


The Insider


We think that African cuisine is far too often overlooked - some superb recipes and taste combinations have emerged from the continent!

Lay down that boring Asian-inspired cookbook and try your hand at some of these:

Prawns Nacional 

This Mozambican speciality is so simple, but so good. Given the country's incredibly long coastline, it's unsurprising that seafood features often in its recipes. 

This one combines a good chilli sauce, garlic, spices and beer into a marinade with fresh prawns. Perfect!

Prawns Nacional


The national dish of South Africa, bobotie is relatively unknown outside of the country. It's a delicious combination of meat, fruits, nuts and spices, cooked almost like a moussaka . 

Have a play around with the recipe! We prefer a 50:50 mix of lamb and beef. Yum.

James' favourite - Bobotie

Zanzibar Curry

The spice island of Zanzibar was obviously going to feature on this page! Cook some fresh spices in coconut milk and you have a sweet and creamy sauce, the perfect combination complimented by a zesty lime and some coriander. 

We love this recipe that uses hake and red pepper:

Zanzibar Curry


Africa's cuisine is well known to be hot and spicy, we couldn't leave out a simple fiery sauce from this list of recipes!

Every household across Africa has their own recipe for a spicy sauce. Chakalaka was born in the townships of South Africa and uses a combination of beans, onions and tomatoes.


Braai/Nyama Choma

OK so this is not technically a recipe, more of a cooking method! Given the fantastic climate across Africa, BBQs are understandably extremely popular. 

Known as a Braai in Southern Africa and Nyama Choma in Eastern Africa (literally 'barbecued meat' in Swahili), it's as simple as marinating your favourite meat or veg with your favourite sauce and popping it on the grill!

The Braii

BONUS: How to make your own Biltong

Biltong ('jerky' for Americans) is a staple snack for South Africans and Zimbabweans. Originally introduced by Dutch pioneers in South Africa to be eaten on their long treks, the dried meat has remained a stalwart of the local cuisine ever since.

Luckily, making the delicious snack is extremely easy! Make your mix, coat your meat and then leave to cure. Check out this great guide below: 


We hope that we've inspired you to put on your apron and craft some of these delicious dishes in your kitchen.

As with all recipes, it's important have a play around with the quantities and ingredients - the recipes are merely 'guidelines' rather than strict instructions... ;) 

Let us know if you have any tips for the recipes above, or if you think we've missed out any classics!

Thanks for reading,

The Bonamy Travel Team

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