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African Party Food to Help You Stay Warm During Winter

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Written by Abraham Odhiambo

From curries and stews to confectionery and local teas, there are several African party food which are delectable, unique and above all warming. Boldly spiced, nourishing and and rich in nutrients, the cuisines of Africa taste fresher than ever.

With the winter solstice just around the corner, now it’s time for warm desserts, hearty soups and comfort food. Without further ado, let’s take a look at African party food you would love to serve when alone or having a really nice party with family and friends during this winter period.

1. Pan Toast Jollof Rice 

There are hundreds of different dishes in the world, but there is only a handful that are as delicious as Jollof rice. I can’t think of a more popular West African dish than Jollof rice and It’s popular for good reason.

Jollof rice

Nigerian Jollof rice. Photo/ 12 Tomatoes.

Pan toast African Jollof rice is one African party food you don’t want to miss during this winter holiday. The great taste of this chicken that can be paired with the dish, the ingredients and the rice all mixed together give a great taste that is a must-have at your party.

2. Ivorian Alloco And Braised Chicken 

Alloco are Ivorian fried plantains, and what really rounds out the alloco experience is what it is served with. This West African delicacy is often served with crushed chili and braised chicken. Coupled with braised chicken, alloco is one of the African party food you don’t want to miss during your holiday in Africa this winter.

3. Cassava Leaf Soup

Also known as saka saka or pondu, Cassava leaf soup is a tasty and substantial soup widely consumed in many parts of Central Africa especially in countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone one is amazingly good, with the inclusion of dried shrimp, groundnut paste and meat.

Cassava leaf soup is not actually a soup but sort of a stew, which can be prepared with any meat or fish. If you’re looking for something more traditional and a bit warm, this delicious soup is perfect for your African food party.

4. African Chicken Stew 

If you want a stew recipe that is loaded with flavour and pairs well with rice, potatoes, pasts, plantains, yams and even crusty bread, African Chicken Stew should be on your menu. This delicious stew is made with tomatoes that are cooked down until the taste is mellow. For kids growing in West Africa, African Chicken Stew is a recurring Christmas dish that is often accompanied with the combination of herbs and spices.

5. African Salad And Fried Titus Fish (Abacha)

Abacha is the African salad of all African salads, and having this dish at your party will leave everyone smiling and satisfied. To get the best experience from this tasty African salad, it is usually served with fried fish. The ingredients used to prepare Abacha are known to give it its delicious taste which will leave you licking your fingers.

6. Palm Wine

Who wouldn’t love to have palm wine on the menu when planning African party food to eat during this winter period? This African drink is the perfect drink if you’re looking to set the mood right as you keep warm. It is mostly served at parties and is alcoholic due to the fermentation process it undergoes.

Palm wine

Palm wine. Photo/ Atlas Obscura.

The preparation process usually takes some time, so it is advisable you purchase your palm wine from the local palm wine tappers or the market. Your family and friends would obviously love this tasty drink, which is why it should be on your menu for fabulous party.

7. Bobotie

Bobotie is perhaps South Africa’s most recognized meal, and it’s perfect to warm you up during this winter period in Europe. Although bobotie has traditionally been a hearty, home-cooked meal, it can be found in restaurants and many fast food joints.

African party food

Bobotie. Photo/ CaravanSA.

What Are Popular African Foods?

  • Zanzibar Pizza
  • Seswaa
  • Jollof Rice
  • Cape Malay
  • Piri piri chicken

What to Cook For a Party in Kenya?

  1. Samosa wraps
  2. Masala Chips
  3. Lentil and Chickpea Soup
  4. African Squash and Peanut Stew with Coconut Milk
  5. Chapati and meat

What Are the Most Common Party Foods?

  • Baked chicken wings
  • Cowboy Cavier
  • Guacamole
  • Queso Fundido
  • Stromboli
  • Spicy Chex Mix
  • Hot Corn Dip
  • Sriracha Deviled Eggs

About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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