This Beginner's guide into African cuisine will will help you understand how to make Kid-Friendly African Cuisine and Easy African Food for weeknight meals.
The cuisine of Africa is as vast as the continent is big. Each region has its own blend of spices, produce, starches, and more depending on surrounding influences, the climate, and how the people who call that place live. For the most part, African cuisine is heavily influenced by spices, and are known for their intense flavor.
If you haven’t gone over the above guide it’s a good place to start so that you can successfully introduce your children kid friendly recipes from around the world. Here’s some things to get you started on your next food adventure - African Cuisine!
Tips to Make African Food for Kids:
Use Half the Spice. When trying a new spice mix for the first time, try using only half of the called for spice to begin with. Often times spice mixtures can be really potent or spicy. Its better to err on the side of caution until you understand your particular spice blend - too bland and edible is way better than too spicy!!!
Use Easy Side Dishes - A lot of african cuisine tends to be heavily flavored grilled/roasted meats or stews. Use easy simple side dishes like couscous, rice, or and fatbreads that aren’t quite so intimidating - soft, starchy goodness served on the side goes a long way.
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Tools and Gadgets for Cooking African Food At Home:
- Most African cooking is done outdoors over an open fire. Having a charcoal grill or firepit would come in handy, but you can totally cook this cuisine inside as well.
- Cast Iron Pots and cast iron skillets are necessary for cooking over an open fire. The pots can be used as ovens, frying pans, roasters, and communal bowls.
- Mortar and Pestal. African cooking uses a lot of dried grains and corn as well as spices that need to be ground up.
- Leaves. Banana leaves and corn husks are often used to wrap food in before placing it in hot coal ashes.