Despite the fact that Christmas customs vary from culture to culture, there is no denying that this holiday is incomplete without a delectable spread of festive delicacies enjoyed with our loved ones while chatting merrily and singing up a storm.
To make your celebrations simpler, easier, and more delicious, we’ve selected some African Christmas recipe for the holiday season.
Hope you like them!
- Liberian Chicken Gravy
- Jollof Rice
- Chicken Stew
- Curried Goat Stew
- Mozambique Peri Peri Grill Chicken
- Nigerian Fried Rice
- Malva pudding
- Meat pie
- Puff puff
- South African Koeksisters
- Moin moin
- Doro wat
1. Liberian Chicken Gravy
Anyone who enjoys stew would drool over this recipe. The fact that this gravy is accompanied with lots of protein even makes it better. It has a ton of chicken, fish, and shrimp in it.
However, the bell pepper in this dish, which adds yet another depth of flavor, makes the difference.
Every Christmas dinner table needs to serve this traditional African stew recipe, which features garlic, bell pepper, tomatoes, and herbs.
Honestly, your African Christmas recipe list is just getting started if this recipe doesn’t appear on it.
2. Jollof rice
Probably everyone’s best. Besides, what’s a Christmas feast without some jollof to go round.
Jollof rice is a straightforward, tasty, and precisely prepared African classic dish that can be made on the stovetop or, for convenience, in the oven.
It’s ideal for everyday nights or special events thanks to its deliciously well-seasoned goodness, which includes onion, garlic, and tomatoes with some wholesome veggies tossed in.
Thyme, paprika, and a scotch bonnet pepper’s soul-satisfying tastes perfectly complete this dish.
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3. Chicken Stew
In West African nations like Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Cameroon, stews have traditionally been a staple of the cuisine.
There are many different stews, including those with beef, oxtail, fish, and of course, chicken.
This Chicken stew has a thick, rich tomato-based sauce and is simple, spicy, and tasty.
This delicious wonder can be served with white rice and some fried plantains if you wish.
Again, this is a must have on your African Christmas recipe list.
4. Curried Goat Stew
In Africa, goat meat is the most widely consumed meat. This succulent, spicily flavorful, but not excessively hot, curried goat stews are a must-have at gatherings and celebrations.
Goat meat can be prepared in a plethora of ways, but slow and prolonged cooking yields the most taste and tenderness.
This dish calls for slow-cooking the goat flesh for one to two hours before frying it with curry, onions, garlic, ginger, and other spices. Amazingly juicy, soft, and flavorful with a kick of spice and earth.
5. Mozambique Peri Peri Grill Chicken
Using Peri-Peri Sauce, creole Seasoning, lemon, and herbs, Peri-Peri Chicken is a succulent, mildly spicy chicken dish that is brimming with intriguing flavors.
Perfectly grilled until juicy and tender. Unquestionably a delicious chicken meal that tastes well whether it is grilled or baked.
Really though, what is an African Christmas recipe without peri peri chicken.
6. Nigerian Fried Rice
This Nigerian fried rice is excellent for feeding a large group, whether for Christmas brunch or dinner. Even picky eaters would adore it because it’s so simple to make.
Nigerian Fried Rice is delicious on its own or combined with a range of other African dishes because it adds a spicy, tasty twist to the classic fried rice.
Additionally, this dinner is suitable for vegetarians so why not add this perfect African Christmas recipe to your list.
7. Malva pudding
Malva pudding is a popular dessert from South Africa. It is such a fluffy, moist cake that some people say its name, “malva,” comes from the Afrikaans word for “marshmallow”.
It is served with some thick custard or ice cream. It is indeed a wonderful sweet delicacy that South Africans enjoy worldwide.
8. Meat pie
Meat pies are a common snack.
The spicy beef and vegetable stuffing inside of this snack is what makes it such an intriguing savory nibble.
Plus it is a perfect snack for breakfast or dinner.
Agatogo is a stew made with bits of beef or goat meat on a plantain base (although optional if vegetarian).
The starchy and delicious plantains in this recipe make it incredibly filling. When creating this scrumptious Rwandan specialty, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a lot of leafy greens are not left out.
10. Puff puff
Other countries in Africa also serve this food, however with little variations.
For eexample, it is called Bofrot in Ghana, and Mandazi, in East and South Africa. In Italy it is known as Zeppole and Beignet in France.
11. South African Koeksisters
Koeksisters are delightfully sweet, sticky, crunchy, syrup-drenched dessert. This snack is a classic South African sticky doughnut, spiced with ginger, lemon, and cinnamon.
It is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
12. Moin moin
Moin moin is basically baked beans and it is made with ground beans, onions, oil, and freshly ground peppers.
Typically, the dish is served with fried plantains, akamu (pap) or jollof rice.
It can also be consumed as a standalone snack. Moin moin is regularly served at parties and other special occasions due to its great appeal.
Again, it will make a great addition to your African Christmas recipe list.
Mandazi are simply triangle-shaped African doughnuts, and they typically pair nicely with a cup of juice, coffee, or tea.
The dash of cardamom, which gives them a genuine flavor, sets them apart from regular doughnuts.
14. Doro wat
Doro wat is a festive variation of the popular wat stew made with chicken that is often bought from outdoor markets.
The meat is first soaked in salt water or lemon juice to kill bacteria. After that, it can be divided into eight to twelve pieces.
Thanks to its delicate beef, spiciness in the eggs, and thick, delicious sauce, doro wat is a must-have meal at every occasion, including Christmas and Easter.
Majority of Ethiopians prefer Doro wat after fasting without meat for 43 days.
Injera is a spongy flatbread prepared from fermented teff batter and water. Injera is quite similar to pancakes.
This bread is commonly used as a base to serve stew, meat, and vegetables and is frequently consumed in Eritrea and Ethiopia.