Holiday Recipes, Featuring Traditional African Dishes and Fusion Cuisine

By Duchess Magazine

Jollof Rice with Grilled Chicken

– A classic West African dish, Jollof Rice is a flavorful one-pot rice dish cooked with tomatoes, peppers, and spices. Serve it with grilled chicken for a festive twist.

Doro Wat

– A traditional Ethiopian chicken stew, Doro Wat is made with chicken simmered in a rich berbere spice sauce. Serve it with injera, a sourdough flatbread.

Bunny Chow

– Hailing from South Africa, Bunny Chow is a unique street food where a hollowed-out loaf of bread is filled with curry. Try it with lamb or vegetable curry for a festive touch.

Mafé (Peanut Stew)

– Originating from West Africa, Mafé is a hearty stew made with peanuts, vegetables, and your choice of meat (chicken, lamb, or beef). It’s a flavorful and comforting dish.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine

– A slow-cooked stew with tender lamb, apricots, and a blend of Moroccan spices. This dish is full of warmth and complexity, perfect for a festive gathering.

Piri Piri Prawns

– Inspired by Mozambican cuisine, Piri Piri Prawns are marinated in a spicy chili sauce and grilled to perfection. A flavorful appetizer for any holiday feast.


– A Ghanaian dish, Waakye is made with rice and sorghum leaves, giving it a unique reddish-brown color. Serve it with fried fish and a spicy pepper sauce.

Cape Malay Chicken Curry

– This South African curry is known for its fragrant blend of spices, including cinnamon and cardamom. It’s a delicious and aromatic dish that pairs well with rice.

Atayef (Middle Eastern-Inspired Dessert)

– For a fusion dessert, try Atayef, a stuffed pancake common in the Middle East. Fill it with sweetened ricotta, nuts, and drizzle with honey or rose water syrup.

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