African cuisine has not always been linked with vegetarian or vegan diets and lifestyle choices. However the idea that vegan or vegetarianism is foreign to African culture is far from the truth. Have a look at these naturally vegan African cuisine recipes.
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Bean cakes are better known as koose or akara in West Africa. A version of them can even be found in parts of Brazil, where they are known as acarajé and filled with salsas and other fun fillings.
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Pilau rice is the most loved rice dish in East Africa. It stems from the influence of Indian traders and settlers, however, East African pilau rice is made in its own special way. Try adding some toasted cashews to your pilau to give it a boost of protein.
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Did I hear vegan bobotie anyone? Yes! You heard right. Bobotie is South Africa's national dish, normally made with minced beef. But now even vegans and vegetarians can enjoy the spicy sweetness this dish brings.
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Hausa koko is a grain porridge often made from millet flour. It is spiced with chillies, cloves and ginger. It also has a sour taste owing to the fact that the grains are often fermented before making the porridge. Adding pepper and spices to porridge is not unique to West Africa though. In Tanzania, a version known as uji wa pilipili manga is often eaten during Ramadan. Try it with a dollop of coconut cream.
Why Vegans Should Try These Recipes
To add more variety and bite to a vegan diet, African cuisine offers healthy recipes to give you the edge you need to keep any diet or lifestyle vibrant. With ingredients such as red palm oil, you could also be doing your heart a lot of good.