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10 Palatable West African Dishes You Need to Try

With tons of breathtaking sights to see, fun adventures to experience, and delectable dishes to taste, you will surely have the time of your life! Here are some of the tastiest dishes you must try.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

West African food is the best. Agree? Of course! West African food is known for its savory moorish flavors, rich textures, and nutritious fruit and vegetable bases. No wonder why many people keep visiting the region. The food makes the visitors come back for more. If you have been to any country in West Africa, you know what I am talking about. If you have not visited any places in the region, then you should include West Africa on your travel list. Trust me, you won't regret it. With tons of breathtaking sights to see, fun adventures to experience, and delectable dishes to taste, you will surely have the time of your life! Here are some of the tastiest dishes you must try.

Waakye from Ghana

Start your day right with a luscious breakfast meal. This popular morning meal in Ghana can be eaten throughout the day, so it is perfect for every foodie. Waakye is a mixture of rice, ground cassava, beans, stew, and spaghetti. One taste of this will make you fall in love with its filling and flavorful taste. Waakye is typically served with a choice of protein: meat, fish, boiled eggs. You can also eat Waakye with kelewele or spiced plantain and a vegetable salad.

Kedjenou from the Ivory Coast

If you are into spicy food, Kedjenou is perfect for you. It is an Ivorian dish that consists of a spicy stew that is slow-cooked in a terracotta pot over fire or coals. This dish is typically made with guinea fowl or chicken, and it adapts well to many variations. Kedjenou is traditionally served with attieke or flaked cassava. It can also be eaten with other starches.

Superkanja from Gambia

With its name, you probably know that this dish is filled with a healthy and flavorful punch. It consists of leafy greens like collards, okra, spinach, and sweet potato leaves. It is also combined with chili peppers, onions, and fish or meat. Variations of Superkanja can be found all over West Africa like the Ghanaian kontomire.

Egusi soup from Nigeria

This is famous comfort food in Africa. Made from melon seeds rich in protein and fat that have been dried and ground up, this soup usually has leafy vegetables and meat or fish. Egusi soup is famous among the Ibo people of Nigeria. It is typically eaten with yam. You can find variations of this soup all over West Africa.

Moin Moin from Nigeria

Another delectable dish from Nigeria, Moin Moin. It is a steamed bean pudding made from black-eyed peas, onions, and a mixture of freshly ground peppers. You can also add smoked fish, boiled eggs, or corned beef to add to the flavor. Moin Moin can be eaten on its own or eat it with bread or rice. Either way, you will surely enjoy this mouthwatering dish.

Cachupa from Cape Verde

Who can resist a bowl of savory stew? Definitely not us! Cachupa is a popular dish from Cape Verde. It is a stew of slow-cooked corn, sweet potato, cassava, fish, or meat. It is commonly known as the country's national food. Other inhabited islands also have their own version of the cachupa.

Nkatenkwen from Ghana

A heart and satisfying stew that has the richness of groundnuts with tomatoes, palm oil, onions, mixed chilies, garlic, and meat or fish: Nkatenkwen from Ghana! This Ghanaian stew is traditionally eaten with fufu, but you can enjoy it by itself or with rice.

Ogbono soup from Nigeria

If you don't know yet, ogbono is an edible mango-like fruit that bears nuts rich in fat and protein. The fruit makes the soup thicker. It is mixed with palm oil, water, chili peppers, and leafy vegetables like a bitter leaf. You can add chicken, shrimp, beef, crayfish, or even goat meat to this soup to make it more flavorful. The ogbono soup is usually eaten with fufu, rice, or pounded yam. Add okra if you want a slimy texture.

Have you tried any of these dishes? Which will you try first when you visit West Africa?

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