When in Africa, celebrate like the Africans do…and they celebrate huge! African culture is made up of different tribes, each of which represent their own origin and area. They have vibrant, interesting wedding attires, different for each tribe, but when it comes to food…well, food unites us all, doesn’t it! Researching about African wedding food has made one thing very clear; it’s not just us desi people who love their traditional food at weddings, but the African people too, take their food very seriously! Bridals.pk presents you some of the delicious traditional African food that is popular at weddings:
Rice, in African culture, is a very important staple and is made in a variety of forms. The dish called Jollof rice is one of the most consumed dish in Africa, so naturally it is also served at weddings. Also considered to be the party food, the process of cooking has varied from tribe to tribe, depending on the ingredients they use, but the result is a very delicious plate of Jollof rice that no one in Africa can resist.
Plantain, a highly produced staple in Africa, is technically a fruit, but the Africans eat it as a vegetable. It comes from the banana family but is green in colour and is not sweet. The way they are made depends on the different ways each tribe likes to eat them. Plantains can be grilled, baked, roasted and even boiled, so considering the variety, they definitely have to be a part of African wedding. Plantains are mostly fried when it comes to them being served at weddings, and are paired with any type of rice (Jollof rice being a popular choice). The look hard to resist, don’t they?
If you don’t want any of your guests to feel less important at a Nigerian wedding, this soup is your savior dish! Absence of Oghwo soup can turn your wedding into a riot! Yes, it’s that important! Oghwo soup is not just food, but it represents honour and respect that the host has for the guest. The soup is made of beef, fish stock, palm oil, pepper, cassava granules and potash. You want your guests to be happy? Do not miss this dish!
If we consider this to be the African national dish, it wouldn’t be wrong. The delicious vegetable dish is made of smoked fish, cow skin, crayfish, palm oil, spinach, snails or meat, and maggi, Eru is mainly eaten with Fufu also known as Cassava balls. If you attend an African wedding and get to eat this dish, consider yourself lucky!
A very famous African dessert similar to a doughnut. A koeksister is made of dough that is fried and infused in honey or syrup. The dough is braided before it goes through its process. Extremely simple to make, and most of the hosts also provide extra syrup to dip the koeksisters in and enjoy the rest of the wedding!
Highly popular in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, Mandazi are mini-bite doughnuts that are a must in African weddings. People there, are addicted to them big time! Like other dishes too, every tribe adds its own touch to it, most popular one being nutmeg spice, cardamom and grated coconut. The interesting part? It is served with caramel sauce to give your taste buds a sweet ride.
A popular tea to be served after the guests have fulfilled themselves with all the delicious food. The rooibos tea is not merely a fancy drink, but also has many health benefits. The host can either go for iced rooibos or a hot one, depending on the weather. Either way, the guests love it!
Africa, a place of good food and wonderful celebrations! All this food makes us want to go and attend an African wedding right away! Or maybe, we’ll introduce an African wedding just so we can get all this delicious food in our stomachs! Tell us in the comments below if you have ever tried African food?