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15 African Labor Day Recipes To End Your Summer With A Sizzle

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In the late 1800s, at the peak of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the typical American worked 12 hours a day for seven days a week with no breaks in order to eke out a basic living. Regardless of the restrictions in some states, kids as young as five or six worked in mills, manufacturing facilities, and mines throughout the country to help out their parents.

Poor workers and immigrants faced unsafe working conditions with little access to fresh air and sanitary facilities. They were even denied work breaks. Workers started planning strikes and rallies to object to poor conditions and compel companies to reduce working hours and increase pay.

Consequently, the concept of a “workingmen’s holiday” celebrated on the first Monday of September was approved in different states across America.

Who invented Labor Day?

Waving American Flag for Labor Day (Photo credit: The Steve Laube Agency)

Waving American Flag for Labor Day (Photo credit: The Steve Laube Agency)

In the wake of the large discontent and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a public holiday. On June 28, 1894, the then-acting President Grover Cleveland, signed it into law.

More than a century later, we are yet to discover the true founder of Labor Day. Many claim it was Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Others say Matthew Maguire, an assistant of the Central Labor Union, initially suggested the holiday.

Why the US doesn’t celebrate Labor Day on May 1st

Although Americans don’t celebrate labor day on May 1st like other parts of the world, it remains a significant day in the history of the nation. Rather than labor day, the first of May is the remembrance of the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago. On that day, workers organized a massive strike as part of an effort to fight for an eight-hour workday.

Things deteriorated really fast when a bomb exploded in the middle of the crowd and killed at least eight people. The aftermath of this riot sparked global outrage. Working people in other countries started to fight for their rights too. They labeled the day, May Day.

In 1894, after the strike in Chicago, President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday in September to be a national holiday. Labor Day was chosen to replace May Day, perhaps to bury the memories of the Haymarket Riot.

How do other countries celebrate Labor Day?

Nations mark the day in different ways and often associate it with their labor and social struggles. For example, in South Africa, they celebrate the day to remember the fight to stop the apartheid system. In Kenya, the federal government announces and approves a boost to the nation’s minimum wage yearly just to acknowledge labor day.

In lots of other countries, the day is filled with parades, seminars, and lectures that feature political leaders and labor companies. it often provides labor unions with the right environment to deliberate with relevant authorities for better remuneration.

Labor Day Celebrations in the US

The majority of Americans, celebrate Labor Day to mark the end of the summer period or to take pleasure in a three-day weekend, Labor Day cookouts, water trips, sleeping in, and the checklist goes on and on.

Labor Day is a wonderful day to unwind and spend extra time with family and friends. Whether you’re unwinding in your yard or enjoying the holiday at the lake or coastline, plan to entertain your guests with good food.

Labor Day celebrations vary in different cities and states across the United States. The celebrations include outings, BBQs, fireworks displays, and various other public events. For kids and young adults, it signals back to school.

The relationship between Barbecue and Labor Day

Barbecue and Labor Day have a long history, going back to the early years of celebrating the holiday. Around 1880, unions and various other labor organizations held the first parties and celebrations. Also, by the end of the year, they had encouraged different cities and states to make Labor Day a public holiday. Factories, mills, and other unionized businesses closed for the day. They offered their workers a day of rest.

Hosting a large outdoor barbecue was among the basic ways of celebrating the holiday in the late 19th century. So, most of the early Labor Day occasions featured BBQ. The first instance of a Labor Day barbeque occurred in a rather unanticipated area, New York City.

Eventually, businesses around barbeques seized the opportunity to boost sales. Newspapers and magazines in the 1950s and 1960s were filled with ads for charcoal, grills, and meat for Labor Day barbecues. This further influenced the culture of having barbeques during Labor Day celebrations.

So, whether you’re digging a pit to roast or a whole hog, picking up a takeout tray from a local barbecue joint, or simply grilling some hamburgers on the back patio, you are participating in an American ritual. Make this year’s celebration special by trying out one of our African grills.

15 African Recipes for Labor Day

#1. Mozambique Peri Peri Grill Chicken by African Bites

Mozambique Peri Peri Grill Chicken or roast chicken – moist, juicy, beautifully browned chicken with a smokey spicy coconut cream sauce. So good, easy and tasty! You’re going to want to make it all the time! 

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Mozambique Peri Peri Grill Chicken by African Bites

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

 4 lbs chicken cut up
 Salt and pepper to taste
 1 tsp chicken bouillon optional
 ¼ medium red pepper
 1 fresh jalapeno pepperscoarsely chopped, seeds removed
 1 fresh chili pepper or morecoarsely chopped
 3 garlic cloves
 4 large basil leaves
 2 fresh oregano
 ¼ cup chopped onions
 ½ coconut milk
 1 tsp smoked paprika
 Juice of I medium sized lemonadjust to taste
 ½ tsp salt plus more to taste

Ingredients

 4 lbs chicken cut up
 Salt and pepper to taste
 1 tsp chicken bouillon optional
 ¼ medium red pepper
 1 fresh jalapeno pepperscoarsely chopped, seeds removed
 1 fresh chili pepper or morecoarsely chopped
 3 garlic cloves
 4 large basil leaves
 2 fresh oregano
 ¼ cup chopped onions
 ½ coconut milk
 1 tsp smoked paprika
 Juice of I medium sized lemonadjust to taste
 ½ tsp salt plus more to taste
Mozambique Peri Peri Grill Chicken by African Bites

#2. Dibi Hausa (West African Grilled Beef Kebabs with Tankora Spice) By Saveur

It’s also a great way to get a taste of West African barbecue in a short period of time. Though this recipe calls for beef, you may use any other meat or vegetable to achieve delicious results.

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Dibi Hausa (West African Grilled Beef Kebabs with Tankora Spice) By Saveur

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

For the Tankora powder:
 1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, crushed to a fine powder
 1 tsp kosher salt
 1 tsp . freshly ground white pepper
For the kebabs:
 1 lb round steak, sliced into strips about 1½ by 2 by ⅜ in.
 2 tbsp plus 1½ tsp. finely grated white or yellow onion
 ½ tsp finely chopped garlic
 ¼ tsp finely grated fresh ginger
 1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled (optional)
 1 tbsp peanut oil
 1 tsp freshly ground white pepper
 ½ tsp kosher salt
 Eight 6-in. skewers

Ingredients

For the Tankora powder:
 1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, crushed to a fine powder
 1 tsp kosher salt
 1 tsp . freshly ground white pepper
For the kebabs:
 1 lb round steak, sliced into strips about 1½ by 2 by ⅜ in.
 2 tbsp plus 1½ tsp. finely grated white or yellow onion
 ½ tsp finely chopped garlic
 ¼ tsp finely grated fresh ginger
 1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled (optional)
 1 tbsp peanut oil
 1 tsp freshly ground white pepper
 ½ tsp kosher salt
 Eight 6-in. skewers
Dibi Hausa (West African Grilled Beef Kebabs with Tankora Spice) By Saveur

#3. West African Beef Kabobs By Feel Good Foodie

West African Beef Kabobs are a popular Nigerian street food recipe also known as Suya. They are skewered juicy spicy meat made with a peanut butter sauce!

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West African Beef Kabobs By Feel Good Foodie

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time25 mins

This recipe is all about the marinade. And the hero in the marinade is the peanut butter! The natural oils in the peanut butter coat the beef and allow it to soak up the flavor and fat of the peanut oil. This locks in the moisture, keeping the skewers of beef juicy and absolutely dynamite.

 1 pound sirloin steak cut into 1 inch cubes
 1 small onion
 1 tbsp tomato paste
 1 tbsp olive oil
 2 tsp AllSpice
 ½ tsp salt
 ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
Equipment

West African Beef Kabobs By Feel Good Foodie

Ingredients

 1 pound sirloin steak cut into 1 inch cubes
 1 small onion
 1 tbsp tomato paste
 1 tbsp olive oil
 2 tsp AllSpice
 ½ tsp salt
 ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
Equipment
West African Beef Kabobs By Feel Good Foodie

#4. Grilled Corn With Harissa Recipe by SeriousEats

Grilled corn becomes even more tasty with harissa (Moroccan red pepper sauce) mixed and sprinkled with mint. Each piece is smothered in harissa and just easily cooked on the grill.

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Grilled Corn With Harissa Recipe by SeriousEats

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr

 1 tsp lime zest
 1 tbsp juice from 1 lime
 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
 3 tbsp roughly chopped mint leaves, divided
 Kosher salt and freshly
 8 ears corn, shucked

Ingredients

 1 tsp lime zest
 1 tbsp juice from 1 lime
 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
 3 tbsp roughly chopped mint leaves, divided
 Kosher salt and freshly
 8 ears corn, shucked
Grilled Corn With Harissa Recipe by SeriousEats

#5. South African Lamb & Apricot Skewers a.k.a. Sosaties By Sweet Paul Magazine

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South African Lamb & Apricot Skewers aka Sosaties By Sweet Paul Magazine

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time2 hrsCook Time15 minsTotal Time2 hrs 15 mins

Sosaties are skewered meat, usually made with lamb. They are beyond delicious with apricot and basil.

 ½ cup apricot jam
 4 garlic cloves, minced
 2 tbsp fresh gingerminced
 1 tsp ground cumin
 1 tsp allspice
 pinch of cayenne
 fresh bay leaves
 salt and pepperto taste
 1½ lbs boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1" cubes

Ingredients

 ½ cup apricot jam
 4 garlic cloves, minced
 2 tbsp fresh gingerminced
 1 tsp ground cumin
 1 tsp allspice
 pinch of cayenne
 fresh bay leaves
 salt and pepperto taste
 1½ lbs boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1" cubes
South African Lamb & Apricot Skewers a.k.a. Sosaties By Sweet Paul Magazine

#6. Tunisian Grilled Salad By PBS

Tunisian Grilled Salad is also known as Slata Mechouia featuring stovetop roasted peppers, onions, and tomatoes on baguette slices.

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Tunisian Grilled Salad By PBS

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time15 mins

 2 to 3 medium-large green peppers (I use 3 poblanos, or 2 bell peppers and 1 jalepeno)
 2 to 3 Roma tomatoes (or any plum or paste tomato)
 1 medium onion
 3 cloves garlic
 ½ tsp ground caraway(or sub with 2 tsp ground coriander)
 3 tbsp olive oil
 1 tsp salt
  tsp black pepper
Optional garnishes:
 ¼ cup flaked tuna
 2 hard-boiled eggs
 A dozen olives
 2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley

Ingredients

 2 to 3 medium-large green peppers (I use 3 poblanos, or 2 bell peppers and 1 jalepeno)
 2 to 3 Roma tomatoes (or any plum or paste tomato)
 1 medium onion
 3 cloves garlic
 ½ tsp ground caraway(or sub with 2 tsp ground coriander)
 3 tbsp olive oil
 1 tsp salt
  tsp black pepper
Optional garnishes:
 ¼ cup flaked tuna
 2 hard-boiled eggs
 A dozen olives
 2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
Tunisian Grilled Salad By PBS

#7. African Grilled Tilapia (African Style) by African Bites

 

Grill Tilapia (African Style) — Easy whole grilled Tilapia smothered in spices and herbs with an African spicy hot sauce for dipping.

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African Grilled Tilapia (African Style) by African Bites

Yields5 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time50 mins

 white fish (Sea bass red snapper, or tilapia)
 1 lemons
 Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
 710 garlic cloves
 2 tsp anise seeds
 ½ inch ginger
 1 tsp paprika
 1 piece 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
 ½ cup coarsely chopped basil parsley
 ¼ cup onions or ¼ medium onion

Ingredients

 white fish (Sea bass red snapper, or tilapia)
 1 lemons
 Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
 710 garlic cloves
 2 tsp anise seeds
 ½ inch ginger
 1 tsp paprika
 1 piece 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
 ½ cup coarsely chopped basil parsley
 ¼ cup onions or ¼ medium onion
African Grilled Tilapia (African Style) by African Bites

#8. North African Inspired Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebab Recipe By Mesa De Vida

Tender, flavorful chicken and vegetables glazed in a rich glaze with North African inspired flavors. Complete these delicious and easy kebabs with a garlicky herb yogurt drizzle for a fabulous meal that is great to serve at your next al fresco dinner party!

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North African Inspired Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebab Recipe By Mesa De Vida

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time25 mins

  • This recipe, as well as our Caribbean inspired grilled chicken recipe, are lower in sodium and sugar than ordinary marinades and grilling sauces, and anything but ordinary!
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
  • You can make this recipe Paleo-friendly by making the drizzle with tahini in place of yogurt, and add 2 more tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • You can make this recipe Whole30-friendly by swapping out for the tahini drizzle, above, and leave the honey out of the glaze. If you’d still like a sweet-savory glaze you can mix 1 date, finely minced into a paste, with the North African cooking sauce.

For the marinade
 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
 ½ onion cut into large dice
 2 medium zucchinisliced 1/2
 2 cups healthy oil of your choice
 juice from 1 lemon
 salt to taste *Our cooking and seasoning sauces are extremely low in sodium, allowing you to salt to your own tastes/health preferences. Salt does help the flavors permeate the meat, so I recommend a pinch or two to help the marinade really sink into the meat for this quick marinating process.
For the glaze
 3 tbsp Mesa de Vida North African Inspired Cooking & Seasoning Sauce
 salt to taste
 2 tsp honey
For the garlicky herb yogurt drizzle
 1 cup plain yogurt Greek yogurt produces a thicker sauce, regular plain yogurt produces a thinner, dressing-like drizzle
 1-2 garlic cloves peeled
 ¼ cup fresh herbs a combination of basil, cilantro and mint. Parsley also is great. Use any/all that you have on hand
 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
 salt to taste

Ingredients

For the marinade
 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
 ½ onion cut into large dice
 2 medium zucchinisliced 1/2
 2 cups healthy oil of your choice
 juice from 1 lemon
 salt to taste *Our cooking and seasoning sauces are extremely low in sodium, allowing you to salt to your own tastes/health preferences. Salt does help the flavors permeate the meat, so I recommend a pinch or two to help the marinade really sink into the meat for this quick marinating process.
For the glaze
 3 tbsp Mesa de Vida North African Inspired Cooking & Seasoning Sauce
 salt to taste
 2 tsp honey
For the garlicky herb yogurt drizzle
 1 cup plain yogurt Greek yogurt produces a thicker sauce, regular plain yogurt produces a thinner, dressing-like drizzle
 1-2 garlic cloves peeled
 ¼ cup fresh herbs a combination of basil, cilantro and mint. Parsley also is great. Use any/all that you have on hand
 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
 salt to taste
North African Inspired Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebab Recipe By Mesa De Vida

#9. African Grilled Tilapia (African Style) by African Bites

 

Grill Tilapia (African Style) — Easy whole grilled Tilapia smothered in spices and herbs with an African spicy hot sauce for dipping.

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African Grilled Tilapia (African Style) by African Bites

Yields5 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time50 mins

 white fish (Sea bass red snapper, or tilapia)
 1 lemons
 Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
 710 garlic cloves
 2 tsp anise seeds
 ½ inch ginger
 1 tsp paprika
 1 piece 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
 ½ cup coarsely chopped basil parsley
 ¼ cup onions or ¼ medium onion

Ingredients

 white fish (Sea bass red snapper, or tilapia)
 1 lemons
 Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
 710 garlic cloves
 2 tsp anise seeds
 ½ inch ginger
 1 tsp paprika
 1 piece 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
 ½ cup coarsely chopped basil parsley
 ¼ cup onions or ¼ medium onion
African Grilled Tilapia (African Style) by African Bites

#10. Grilled Shrimp With Chermoula Recipe by Serious Eats

This perfectly grilled shrimp  recipe have a clean, sweet shrimp flavor with a nicely charred crust and a plump, juicy texture. They pair wonderfully with chermoula, a North African condiment based on herbs, cumin, olive oil, and lemon.

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Grilled Shrimp With Chermoula Recipe by Serious Eats

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time2 hrsTotal Time2 hrs 30 mins

 1 kg large shrimp, peeled and deveined
 ½ tsp baking soda
 1 tsp sugar
 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
 2 tablespoons (30ml) extra-virgin olive oil

Ingredients

 1 kg large shrimp, peeled and deveined
 ½ tsp baking soda
 1 tsp sugar
 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
 2 tablespoons (30ml) extra-virgin olive oil
Grilled Shrimp With Chermoula Recipe by Serious Eats

#11. Sosaties (South African lamb and apricot kebabs) By Caroline’s Cooking

Sosaties are a Cape Malay dish and the name comes from the words "sate" meaning skewered meat and "saus", a spicy sauce in Afrikaans. While this is a dish that originated in the Cape Malay area, they have spread in popularity around the country.

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Sosaties (South African lamb and apricot kebabs) By Caroline's Cooking

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time20 mins

Lamb sosaties are a common feature of a classic South African braai (BBQ). The apricot and curry marinade might sound unusual but it adds a wonderful flavor to these tasty kebabs. So easy and delicious!

For marinade
 ¼ onion
 1 clove garlic grated or finely chopped
 1 tsp ginger(fresh) grated or finely chopped
 3 tbsp apricot jam
 3 tbsp wine vinegar (white or red - I used white)
 1 tbsp curry powder (eg Madras)
 ½ tbsp ground cumin
 ¼ tsp salt
For rest of skewers
 1 lb lamb leg diced, 450g - can also use shoulder
 16 apricots 100g, approx
 ½ onion

Ingredients

For marinade
 ¼ onion
 1 clove garlic grated or finely chopped
 1 tsp ginger(fresh) grated or finely chopped
 3 tbsp apricot jam
 3 tbsp wine vinegar (white or red - I used white)
 1 tbsp curry powder (eg Madras)
 ½ tbsp ground cumin
 ¼ tsp salt
For rest of skewers
 1 lb lamb leg diced, 450g - can also use shoulder
 16 apricots 100g, approx
 ½ onion
Sosaties (South African lamb and apricot kebabs) By Caroline’s Cooking

#12. West African-Vegetarian Burger By Ndudu by Fafa

West African-Vegetarian Burger By Ndudu by Fafa - when you are fun of grilling don't forget to include this recipe.

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West African-Vegetarian Burger By Ndudu by Fafa

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time1 hr 30 minsTotal Time2 hrs

 
The most amazing burger with elements that we are so familiar with now. Let's start with our plantain chips and of course, you will need your green plantain for this recipe

 350 g beef stew for the burger bun and reserve the 100g for filling the burger
 70 g garri
 20 g of chopped coriander leaves (optional)
 coconut oil for molding
 250 ml preferred unscented oil for frying
kelewele
 2 over ripened plaintain that are still firm cut into sizeable chunks
 20 g fresh ginger
 1 tsp aniseed
 3 cloves
 2 African nutmeg or a pinch of grated normal nutmeg
 12 habanero chillies
 salt to taste
green plantains chips
 1 large peeled green plantains thinly sliced using a potato peeler
 salt to taste


Ingredients

 350 g beef stew for the burger bun and reserve the 100g for filling the burger
 70 g garri
 20 g of chopped coriander leaves (optional)
 coconut oil for molding
 250 ml preferred unscented oil for frying
kelewele
 2 over ripened plaintain that are still firm cut into sizeable chunks
 20 g fresh ginger
 1 tsp aniseed
 3 cloves
 2 African nutmeg or a pinch of grated normal nutmeg
 12 habanero chillies
 salt to taste
green plantains chips
 1 large peeled green plantains thinly sliced using a potato peeler
 salt to taste

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West African-Vegetarian Burger By Ndudu by Fafa

#13. Tunisian Grilled Mechouia Salad by Slow Burning Passion

Mechouia salad is a simple but delicious grilled vegetable salad from Tunisia. Charred onions, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic are coarsely chopped, salted and seasoned, and drizzled with olive oil. There’s probably some fresh herbs served on top. By itself, it’s a perfect vegan dish. 

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Tunisian Grilled Mechouia Salad by Slow Burning Passion

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time45 mins

However, it’s usually garnished with hard-boiled eggs, or olives, or a piece of fish (tuna)–or perhaps some combination of the three–added in moderation a la the Mediterranean style. In fact, in my view, Mechouia salad is pretty much the quintessence of the Mediterranean diet in a single dish. Most of the healthful usual suspects are there. This is definitely the way to eat!

 4 Medium Tomatoes
 2 Red Bell Peppers
 2 Large Jalapeno Peppers
 2 Small Sweet Onions, the outer paper leaves removed
 2 Cloves Garlic, finely minced
 Salt to Taste
 Pepper to Taste
Optional Garnishes
 Fresh Parsley or Cilantro
 One Hard Boiled Egg, peeled and cut into to quarters
 A few ounces of cooked tuna
 A small handful of olives

Ingredients

 4 Medium Tomatoes
 2 Red Bell Peppers
 2 Large Jalapeno Peppers
 2 Small Sweet Onions, the outer paper leaves removed
 2 Cloves Garlic, finely minced
 Salt to Taste
 Pepper to Taste
Optional Garnishes
 Fresh Parsley or Cilantro
 One Hard Boiled Egg, peeled and cut into to quarters
 A few ounces of cooked tuna
 A small handful of olives
Tunisian Grilled Mechouia Salad by Slow Burning Passion

#14. Kachumbari ( Kenyan Fresh Tomato & Onion Salad) by Curious Cuisiniere


Kachumbari is a light and fresh tomato and onion salad that makes for a perfect summer side dish to pair with your grilled meats! This salad with a Swahili name is popular as a side dish or condiment for summer-time grilled meats and rice dishes.

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Kachumbari Kenyan Fresh Tomato & Onion Salad by Curious Cuisiniere

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time20 minsTotal Time20 mins

Kachumbari is a fresh tomato and onion salad that is popular in East Africa, particularly in Kenya, but also in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda.

Also, Kachumbari really is such a simple dish that is perfectly bursting with summer flavors. Tomatoes, onions, avocado, and chili peppers come together, flavored with a light lime juice and cilantro dressing.

With so few ingredients, each one shines forth like a bright and crisp reminder of warm weather and fresh flavors.

 ½ medium red onion, diced
 1 tsp salt
 ¾ avocado
 ½ lime, juiced (approx 1 Tbsp juice)

Ingredients

 ½ medium red onion, diced
 1 tsp salt
 ¾ avocado
 ½ lime, juiced (approx 1 Tbsp juice)
Kachumbari( Kenyan Fresh Tomato & Onion Salad) by Curious Cuisiniere

#15. Delicious African Salad Abacha by dFoodplace

 

Abacha is a dish made from cassava which is a great source of carbohydrates and dietary fiber. This is a spicy and delicious salad, perfect for any time of the day. Enjoy with some fish, garden egg, and greens.

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Delicious African Salad Abacha by dFoodplace

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time25 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time30 mins

 1 ½ pack Abacha Abacha (the ingredient) is made from cassava. The cassava tubers are cooked till done then sliced with a special grater. The sliced cassava is then soaked in cold water overnight, washed thoroughly and dried under the sun.
 UgbaUgba is the Igbo name for the fermented African OIlbean seeds (Pentaclethra macrophylla, Benth). It is called Ukana by the Efiks in Southern Nigeria.
 1 tbsp Akaun (dissolved in water)Some Nigerian tribes call it akaun, some call it ikaun while some others call it kaun. The English name however is, Potash. It is a general name for minerals or inorganic compounds that contain potassium. It is made from the ashes of burnt wood in iron pot. The name was derived from the process “pot-ash
  Dried or Smoked fish (of your choice)
 Fried beef and cowskin ( cut in peppersoup size)
 3 Maggi for seasoning
 Salt to taste
 Habanero pepper
 Okazi leaves (about a handful), some use Utazi as well.Okazi/Ukazi/Afang Leaf(Gnetum Africanum) is used for cooking Afang soup and Okazi/Ukazi Soup. The leaves are tough(hard) and glossy and looks more like the leaves of an orange tree. It doesn't really have a distinctive smell, but it has a slightly bitter taste.

 

Ingredients

 1 ½ pack Abacha Abacha (the ingredient) is made from cassava. The cassava tubers are cooked till done then sliced with a special grater. The sliced cassava is then soaked in cold water overnight, washed thoroughly and dried under the sun.
 UgbaUgba is the Igbo name for the fermented African OIlbean seeds (Pentaclethra macrophylla, Benth). It is called Ukana by the Efiks in Southern Nigeria.
 1 tbsp Akaun (dissolved in water)Some Nigerian tribes call it akaun, some call it ikaun while some others call it kaun. The English name however is, Potash. It is a general name for minerals or inorganic compounds that contain potassium. It is made from the ashes of burnt wood in iron pot. The name was derived from the process “pot-ash
  Dried or Smoked fish (of your choice)
 Fried beef and cowskin ( cut in peppersoup size)
 3 Maggi for seasoning
 Salt to taste
 Habanero pepper
 Okazi leaves (about a handful), some use Utazi as well.Okazi/Ukazi/Afang Leaf(Gnetum Africanum) is used for cooking Afang soup and Okazi/Ukazi Soup. The leaves are tough(hard) and glossy and looks more like the leaves of an orange tree. It doesn't really have a distinctive smell, but it has a slightly bitter taste.

Directions

Delicious African Salad Abacha by dFoodplace

Conclusion

Our biggest guess is that everyone enjoys a good grill. We certainly do here at African Vibes. So, this Labor Day, prepare some delicious grill to sizzle away the last summer days. While you celebrate, don’t forget to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions. Together, we can beat this pandemic.

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