It’s pretty fun to try out exotic cuisines and taste foreign dishes with explosions of flavor combos you didn’t think were possible. If you’ve been hitting up your fave Italian, Chinese, or Thai vegan restaurants a little too regularly, it’s time to try something new.
African cuisine is rich in spectacular flavor, vibrant color, and serious spice. And we’re not just talking about the Moroccan tagine or Ethiopian injera and wat that you tried out before (and loved). It includes ancient grains like millet and bulgur as well as tropical fruits like bananas, coconuts, and jackfruits. And there are tons of spices to make your palate go, “Wow!” Plus, it’s great for those who want a hearty vegan meal.
Africa’s food has flown under the radar for far too long. Check out these 11 super-delish foods that the bustling continent has to offer.
East African Chapatis. If I knew how much fun it was to make these bad boys, I would have started a long time ago! They're so flaky and buttery that it's a little hard to believe that it came out of my humble kitchen! ?❤ #Vegan #VeganFood #VeganFoodShare #VegansofIG #EastAfrican #African #AfricanFood #Chapati
Kenyan-style chapatis—also known as “soft-layered chapatis”—are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. They go great with beans, fried cabbage, or a creamy stew.
This popular Nigerian snack is as fun to say as it is to eat! It’s made with flour, sugar, and some nutmeg. It’s so crunchy, sweet, and delicious.
3. Gomen Kitfo
Vegan Komen Gitfo. This Ethiopian dish warms the soul. ? It has loads of ginger, coriander, pepper, and other warming spices that make your heart sing and your tummy yearn for more. ???❤ #Vegan #VeganAfricanFood #VeganFoodShare #VegansofIG #Vegans #Vegana #Ethiopian #EthiopianFood #African #AfricanFood #Spicy #Yum
Ethiopian cuisine has so much more to offer than the well-known sour bread and creamy stews. This lesser-known dish is made with collard greens, vegan butter, and spices. People often enjoy gomen kitfo on Meskel, a popular holiday.
4. Jollof Rice
This spicy, creamy rice dish is found in different variations across Africa. One thing’s always the same, though—it’s full of flavor. Jollof rice can be cooked using coconut oil and curry spices for a unique, super-delish flavor.
Vegan Koeksisters. This super delicious braided dessert is extremely popular in South Africa, and I can definitely taste why! This pastry is crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and soaked in a simple syrup. Thanks so much for dropping by. ?❤? #Vegan #VegansofIG #Delicious #African #AfricanFood #Yum
These pastries originated in South Africa, and they’re outta-this-world delish. There are two versions: the crispy, plaited koeksister that’s dipped in a simple syrup and the spicy, cake-like kind that’s rolled in coconut. Yum!
6. Moroccan Tagine
My lunch today using leftover Morrocan Eggplant and Chickpea Tagine (recipe from @sobeautifullyreal), wholemeal couscous, hummus, greens, parsley and Dukkah. This is 100% my type of food and I could eat this everyday! ???? this was inspired by @voilasassi who makes delicious looking lunches! #sharethelove #nomeatmay #vegan #veganlunch #veganfoodporn #bestofvegan #vegansofig #sobeautifullyrealfood #sobeautifullyreal #tagine #morrocanlunch #vegantagine #eattherainbow #veganfoodie
This North African dish is a crowd-favorite for good reason. Tagines are savory stews—slow-cooked for hours—and have wonderful, aromatic spices like cinnamon, saffron, ginger, and turmeric. You can’t go wrong with this one.
7. Peanut Stew
Vegan Spicy Peanut Stew. This dish is made with ground, preferably roasted, peanuts and is slow-cooked for quite some time to let the spices and peanuts blend together. I love adding tofu or roasted sweet potatoes to the stew to make it really hearty. Can't go wrong with fluffy quinoa and wilted greens, either. ??❤ #Vegan #VeganFood #VeganFoodShare #AfricanVeganFood #AfricanFood #Peanuts #Stew #VegansofIG #Yum
This super-creamy dish simply warms the soul. It’s popular in West African cuisine and involves raw or roasted peanuts, tomatoes, onions, spices, and oil, all cooked over low heat for hours. You can add potato to the stew for a fuller meal or enjoy it with a side of rice and steamed veggies.
Vegan, Gluten-Free Puff Puff. These fried doughballs of goodness are outta-this-world good! Puff puff is popular in many African countries, but the traditional versions have milk and eggs, so… Challenge accepted. These are super moist and have hints of Nutmeg and cardamom. Yum! ?❤ #Vegan #VeganFood #VeganFoodShare #VegansofIG #GF #GlutenFree #AfricanFood #VeganAfricanFood #NigerianFood
Puff-Puff is pretty freakin’ popular in West and Central Africa—and for good reason. It’s basically a sweet, fried, soft-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside dough ball. ‘Nuff said.
Vegan Suya. This spice-rubbed seitan is so delicious, it tastes like I just bought it from one of the many vendors on the corner in West Africa! Think of spicy peanut satay with peppers, ginger, and garlic, and you're getting there. ?? #Vegan #VeganFood #VeganFoodShare #VegansofIG #Delish #African #AfricanFood #VeganAfricanFood
Think of a peanut satay, add loads of spicy flavor, and you’re getting close. Suya is an extremely popular street food in West Africa. Traditional versions are rolled in finely ground roasted peanuts and suya powder and topped with grilled onions.
10. Yam and ‘Eggs’
Vegan Yam and 'Eggs' This is a twist on a very traditional Nigerian meal, and is very popular to eat for breakfast. I'm so inspired my the food of my people! Red pepper stew is extremely rich in flavor, and African yams are incredibly huge and extremely versatile. They can be pounded in a traditional pot to make fufu (also known as pounded yam) and eaten with all kinds of thick stews! Enjoy ❤ #Breakfast #VeganBreakfast #Vegan #Yam #VeganEggs #GF #VegansofIG #Yum #AfricanFood #VeganAfricanFood
This traditional Nigerian dish is extremely popular for breakfast, and it’s incredibly tasty. The veganized version proves that you don’t have to skimp on flavor when eating with compassion.
11. Yam Cake With Lemon Curd and Ginger Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Yam Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Ginger-Infused Buttercream. This cake was an experiment, and it definitely paid off! I was inspired by flavors commonly found in African cuisine, and decided to make a go of it. Vegan, gluten-free, very moist, and utterly delicious. ???❤ #Vegan #VeganFood #VeganCake #VeganAfricanFood #VegansofIG #GF #GlutenFree #Yum
Phew, that was a mouthful! This dessert is inspired by African flavors and offers a new twist on the traditional yam, a staple of West African cuisine. This slightly sweet tuber is extremely versatile, and its flavor is similar to that of a yucca root or an Asian yam. BTW, doesn’t that cake look super-delish? Yep, we think so, too.
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