African Main Dish Recipes

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Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

Rating: 4 stars 579
I have been making this Moroccan-style recipe for years. It's so easy to make, it has become a tradition in our household.

Spanish Moroccan Fish

Rating: 4.5 stars 147
This Moroccan recipe was passed down for generations in my family. We usually serve it on the Sabbath night and holidays. It is a favorite! This dish may be served hot or cold according to taste.

25-Minute Tunisian Vegetable Couscous

Rating: 4 stars 75
A perfect summer meal. What I love about this recipe is the practicality: it is both quick to make and can wait for you; there's no hurry to serve. It's also a satisfying vegetarian meal that even carnivores love, or if a member of your household prefers meat, a chicken breast poached in water, wine, and paprika and then sliced very thin can be added. I do highly recommend the garnish I devised; it can be made very quickly while the couscous is cooking. Or even if you just zest a navel orange over this dish, the aroma is heavenly and it brings the flavors together. Enjoy!

Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

Rating: 4.5 stars 648
A vegetable-full curry! Serve this curry over your favorite rice and you're sure to have a tasty meal. If you have carrot-ginger juice available to you, try using it in place of the orange juice - either one is delicious!

Peri Peri African Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 61
This is a great spicy marinade recipe, a traditional African dish, great for BBQ. Nice with salad and fries, but I like adding it to a pita with salad and garlic Greek yogurt (3/4 cup Greek yogurt and 3 cloves of crushed garlic with finely chopped chives). Don't go on a date though, gives you wicked garlic breath!
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Egyptian Feta Cheese Omelet Roll

Rating: 4 stars 47
This omelet is juicy with this cheese - everyone that tried it, loved it, and they never expected it to turn out this good. Make sure pan is well greased, or else sides will stick and you won't be able to roll it.
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Lamb Tagine

Rating: 4.5 stars 366
Slow-cooked savory lamb stew simmered with aromatic spices and vegetables.

Sambusa

Rating: 4 stars 41
This is a Somali recipe. I learned it by watching my Somali friends around Ramadan and I was able to make my own variation. They are really good and I can't stop eating them. They are served during Ramadan, Weddings, Parties, or just because. Since I am married to a Somalian man, I learned to cook a few things, and there are some of my American dishes he loves as well. For a variation you can substitute shredded beef for ground beef.
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Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

Rating: 4.5 stars 358
This Tunisian dish is like a Mediterranean version of huevos rancheros. Fried eggs simmer in a sauce of tomatoes, onions, colorful bell peppers, chile peppers, and spices.

Best Bobotie

Rating: 4.5 stars 60
Spicy South African dish made with curried ground beef topped with custard.

Tomato Bredie

Rating: 5 stars 22
This is a traditional South African meal, and is good winter fare. Bredie is an old Cape name for a dish of meat and vegetables stewed together so that the flavors intermingle. The gravy is rich, thick and full-bodied, and is obtained by using meat with a fair amount of bone and fat, rolling it in flour and browning it before the vegetables are added. The flavor improves if left a day or two before eating. Nice with brown rice.

Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Falafel, or ta'ameya as we call it in Egypt, is an all-time favorite street food. In most parts of the Middle East, falafel is made with ground chickpeas. However, in Egypt, we make it with dried fava beans. They are best served with pita bread, tomato, onions, and tahini sauce.
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Doro Wat: Ethiopian Chicken Dish
Rating: Unrated 21
You will find plenty of flavor in this Ethiopian dish. Don't forget to serve it with injera, the region's traditional bread.
Lamb Tagine
Rating: Unrated 367
Watch how Moroccan spices lift up this hearty lamb tagine.
Moroccan Chicken
Rating: 4.5 stars 362

Spices, spices, spices! This recipe is thick with 'em, and your taste buds will be thick with pleasure from Moroccan Chicken. This exotic tasting dish is a definite crowd pleaser!