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African Recipes

Peanut Sauce Dish

1 onion
2 tomatoes
1 small eggplant
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup water

Peel and chop the onions.
Cut the tomatoes and eggplant into small pieces.
Heat oil in electric frypan for one minute, and saute onions.
Add tomatoes and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
Add eggplant and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter and water.
Add this paste to the frypan mixture and stir well.
Simmer until eggplant is cooked (approximately 10 minutes).
Serve with potatoes or rice.

Sweet Doughnut Balls (Ghana Style)

1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1-1/2 cups warm water
3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour vegetable oil

Combine egg, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and sugar, and stir well.
Add water and stir.
Fold in flour so dough is stiff and slightly sticky.
Clean and flour hands, and then roll dough into tiny balls the size of pecans.
Prepare electric frypan by heating an inch of oil in pan.
Place balls in oil, and fry until brown (3 minutes).
Remove, drain, and serve warm.
Makes three dozen sweet doughnut balls.

Fufu (Dough for Soups and Stews) 1 pound cassava (a starchy root)

Wash and peel the cassavas, and soak in water for four days.
Cut out the hard cores.
Place in a pan of water and bring to a boil, then simmer for approximately ten minutes.
Remove the cassavas, put them into a bowl; and pound them until they form soft dough.
Place this dough on a dish, and serve with meat or stew.

Fufu (New World Version)

1-1/4 cups Cream of Wheat
B 1 cup potato flakes
4 cups water
1 tablespoon margarine

Bring 2 cups of water to boil, then reduce heat.
Bring another 2 cups of water to boil in a different saucepan, reduce heat to medium, and add Cream of Wheat, a little at a time, stirring constantly.
When mixture becomes too thick, add hot water from the first pan.
Add potato flakes, a little at a time, stirring constantly, and adding hot water when mixture becomes too thick.
Add margarine, and stir.
Continue to cook and stir until mixture of fufu separates from the sides of the pan and forms a ball.
Serve fufu in cups or bowls.

Fried Plantains

several large, ripe plantains
vegetable oil

Peel the plantains and slice into thin round pieces.
Place the slices in a medium-heat frypan (in l/2-inch vegetable oil), and brown on both sides.
Remove and drain.
Plantain can be baked and boiled also.
For variety, it can be baked and served with a topping of brown sugar, or boiled and served with tomatoes and onions.

Dovi (Zimbabwe)

peanut sauce
cooked chicken cut into small pieces
1 sliced onion
2 tomatoes cut into small pieces
2 cups water.

Mix ingredients together and simmer for one hour to make a stew.
Serve in small bowls.
Note: In many areas of Africa, it is normal to have a common pot of stew for supper. Then, every family member eats from this pot by dipping into it with cornmeal bread or chapatis, a type of bread. This is a time when the family is "one" to be invited to join the group is considered an honor.

Excerpted from Multicultural Discovery Activities for the Elementary Grades.

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