Africa is the land of diversity in culture, language and taste. When visiting this country you will find great variety of African cuisine to taste as well as local street food to enjoy. These street foods are not much expensive and might cost even less than a dollar. They are a mix of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes.
Here are the 10 African street foods that you can have making your taste spicy and delicious.
You will find sardines at any local street food vendor. They are commonly called as Marrakech’s and are version of fish and chips.
The sardines are spiced with a paste made from tomato, coriander, chili, garlic, paprika, cumin, olive oil and lemon juice then deep fried. It is served with bread and you can add chips too in your plate if you want for some crispy touch. The bread is called beghrir, which is made similarly to crumpets, harsha, which is a buttery bread made of fine semolina and rghaif, which is a flaky and layered flat bread that goes along well this spicy dish.
2. Dholl Puri
Dholl puris are popular on the Mauritius island and has the culinary influence of Creole, French, Indian and Chinese. The thin fried bread stuffed with ground yellow split peas, and served in a pair with bean curry, achar and chutney is found in most street stalls on the island.
Chichinga are type kebabs made from beef or sausages. Chichinga is made with soya and a hot, spicy peanut marinade infused with the main spices of ginger, garlic and chili is drizzled over any types of meat before being grilled until crisp and succulent.
Sirloin steak is the recommended cut of red meat to use when making beef Chichinga, and it recommended that it be cooked medium to well. Chicken breasts are the preferred cut of meat when making chicken Chichinga. This street food is widely found in streets of Ghana.
4. Forodhani and Dafu
The most popular Zanzibari street food dish is the Forodhani, and it is nicknamed as ‘Zanzibar pizza’. It’s a mixture of vegetables, egg and mayo that are wrapped in very thin dough and then fried. It’s sold at many night market stalls in Stone Town.
Young coconuts, known as Dafu, are popular snacks for the Zanzibari people. These are sold in bicycle carts on the island as people love to drink to prevent dehydration.
Akara are deep fried bean cakes made with grounded beans mixed with pepper, onions and other spices. They are quite popular in Nigeria. They are light and protein-packed, making them an ideal snack. They are best eaten with Agege bread, which is popular for its fluffy and soft texture and its versatility with different dishes such as stew.
6. Koshary, Taameya and Fuul Medammis
Koshary is the country’s most popular street-food, and it is considered to be quite filling as it consists mostly of carbohydrates.
The meal is made of pasta, rice, lentils, chick peas, onions and garlic. Taameya is also a common street food though it is served throughout the day, it is most eaten at breakfast. It is made of fava beans, and fuul medammis made of fava beans and cooked on a pot that sits on a fire. The meal is considered to be very filling and energetic. Mostly found across Eygpt and nearby areas.
7. Potato Bhajia
The potato bhajia is one of the Asian snacks and is one of Kenya’s most popular street food, Also known as pakoda meaning battered potato, in Swahili.
Also other Indian dishes can be found as street food such as samosas and kuku paka, which is coconut chicken curry. Bhajia consists of potatoes that are sliced up and battered with spices such as cumin seeds and turmeric before being deep fried. They are best served with Kenyan tomato salsa.
Accara is a crispy black-eyed-bean fritter, usually served with a tomato-and-onion-based hot sauce called kaani, is popular in Senegal and other parts of West Africa.
It is similar to the Brazilian acarajé fritter, and it is served on a crusty baguette with an oniony sauce.
9. Mozambican Prawns
The French’s seafood is quite popular in Mozambique. Mozambican prawns are one of the popular dishes in the country, and they grilled or fried and spiced with a fiery peri peri sauce. They are served with either French fries or rice.
A popular dish that has no Portuguese influence such as the chili and peri peri spices is Matata, which is a seafood stew that is usually prepared with clams in a peanut sauce. Also popular are prego rolls (steak sandwiches) and peri peri chicken, which consists of chicken marinated in lemon juice, garlic and peri peri sauce and is usually eaten with potato fries.
10. Bunny Chow
Bunny chow is a popular street snack in South African streets. It originated from Durban in the province of KwaZulu Natal and has been adapted by people to suit their different culinary tastes.
The Durban bunny chow consists of hollowed bread that is filled with hot curry or other many variations as filings which are awesome to taste.
With all these 10 popular street food you will also find wide variety of other food that are much cheaper. But one thing sure to look is the hygiene point of these street foods. As most of them are cooked in front of you but there are many that are prepared in advance and sold by hawkers. So better to keep a watch before you indulge in munching.