Spice up your lunch and dinner with this filling pasta dish that’s packed with mince turkey. Save time and effort with this tasty and easy to make tomato sauce recipe with rigatoni pasta recipe. With the mince meat of your choice freeze well, you can double the recipe and put a sauce batch in the freezer after cooking and cooling. Rigatoni in tomato sauce recipe is an Italian classic family favourite and a dish which you can put your own twist; try beef mince and shrimp or lamb mince and see where it takes you!
This healthy lo mein is packed with fresh crunchy vegetables. Lo mein is one of our all-time favourite Chinese dishes, and it couldn’t be easier to make! With a handful of ingredients and about 10 minutes of your stir-fry skills will result in this Chinese classic that’s less effort than rummaging around for a takeaway menu in the first place. Exploring new quick and easy dinner recipes? This homemade quick and easy lo mein is far fresher and more flavoursome!
Dry ramen noodles
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp fresh minced ginger
3 fresh onions (white and green)
2 garlic cloves
2 handful of fresh mushrooms
1 red pepper
1 minced chili
1 fresh hot pepper, sliced
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
* In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and set aside.
Dire Dawa is a populous city located in Eastern Ethiopia. It is one of the most popular cities in the country after the capital, Addis Ababa. But what is a popular city within one of the most visited tourist countries on the African continent without some of the best restaurants with best Ethiopian food to compensate it’s visitors and locals? This is why we’ve decided curate some of the best restaurants in the city of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia just in case you get overwhelmed by the city’s energy and vibes. Some of the very best restaurants in this city includes Paradiso restaurant, Hind restaurant, Family snack restaurant among others which sure leaves a souvenir of it’s explicit services at the back each visitor’s mind. Here is our list of Top 10 Best Restaurants In Dire Dawa, Ethiopia:
Family Snack Restaurant
Family Snack Restaurant is the ideal place for an enormous plate of affordable good food. They’re known to serve the most filling and tasty salads as well as pasta which also comes along with salad by the side. The staff are dressed in colorful tribal outfits which represents the Ethiopian heritage and absolutely very welcoming with a smile on each of their faces every minute. The restaurant also has a reputation for serving the ice cold beers and cocktails of different flavors. Family Snack Restaurant is a good place for refreshment any day.
Paradiso Restaurant is Italian restaurant located in Dire Dawa. It has a very fine and welcoming setting both on the interior and exterior. This is arguably on of the best spots in the city of Dire Dawa. They are known to serve some delicious Italian cuisines some of which are the spicy goat rice and Lasagna which most people seem to always rave about.
Hind Bar and Restaurant
Hind Bar and Restaurant is known to serve to serve a mix of both Indian and Ethiopian foods which are all very affordable in a clean environment. The staff here are always very welcoming. It’s good service and ambiance makes it the second favorite spot for locals and tourists after Paradiso restaurant which is the best in town.
With two restaurants and a café, Samrat serves a mix of Ethiopian food and intercontinental cuisines as well as some Indian meals in a relaxing space. Samrat Hotel has a nice café which serves an array of pizzas, snacks and some ice cold drinks to wash down each meal. Definitely a must visit when in Dire Dawa.
Menelaos Roast Chicken
Menelaos Roast Chicken Restaurant is one of the must visit places in Ethiopia. This restaurant specializes and serves only the best roasted chicken in the city of Dire Dawa. Most chicken lovers flood here so often to feed their cravings.
Peacock Bar and Restaurant
Peacock Bar and Restaurant is located within peacock hotel. This restaurant is trusted to serve different kinds of freshly made Ethiopian food and continental cuisines to both it’s visitors and locals as well. They’re also known to serve nice local drinks, cocktails and beers, depending on what visitors request. This restaurant is very popular among tourists in Dire Dawa.
African Village Hotel and Restaurant
African Village Hotel and Restaurant is located in the heart of Dire Dawa. They are known to serve amazing Ethiopian food and continental cuisines of various types all at a very affordable rate. This restaurant is set up in a very fine manner and in a strategic location. They also also serve chilled freshly squeezed fruit juices to customers along with whichever meals are ordered.
Dini Paradise Café
Dini Paradise and Cafe is one of the most relaxing places in the city of Dire Dawa. Here, one can enjoy a quick cup of coffee and also hangout with a few friends. They are also known for their mouthwatering frappes.
Care Square Hotel and Restaurant
Care Square Hotel and Restaurant happens to be one of the most quiet spots in the city of Dire Dawa. They serve traditional Ethiopian food and beverages with a very welcoming team of staffs. Their services are of high standards and totally affordable. It is a well organized restaurant with a beautiful interior and exterior.
Holly Café & Resturant
Holly Cafe and Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in Dire Dawa. They serve various types of Ethiopian food and continental cuisines. This restaurant is located in a fine atmosphere. Their staff is welcoming and always pay attention to details.
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Delicious chicken suya, made with fresh ingredients including tasty mixed chicken parts – the ultimate Nigerian street food that’s really easy to make at home and sure to satisfy all your family and friends. This grilled chicken suya recipe is made with delicious traditional suya spice for a richer, local taste. This classic Nigerian recipe uses seasoning mix and soya spice for the ultimate flavour combination.
Mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.
Clean the chicken pieces and cut them into desirable – sprinkle with small quantity of the seasoning mix.
Thread the chicken onto skewers or sticks.
Put some vegetable oil in a bowl, sprinkle with small slat and stir. Use cooking brush to rub oil on the threaded chicken.
mix the remaining seasoning together with the suya spice. Sprinkle/dab the oiled chicken with the ingredients until chicken is covered with the spice – the oil helps the spice stick to the chicken. Place in the fridge and allow to marinate for about an 1 hour – or overnight.
Ready to grill? Heat the oven to 200°C (400F). Lightly spray/oil baking sheet or roasting pan to prevent the suya from sticking to the pan.
Place the chicken in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, make sure to evenly grill both sides. Grilling and turning the sides every 10 minutes till chicken is fully cooked/done.
Serve hot with sliced chunks of onions, tomatoes and cucumber. Enjoy!
Egusi soup is one of the amazing delicious Nigerian soups. This soup is prepared with melon seeds and is prepared by most tribes in Nigeria in various ways. This West African cuisine is made with ground egusi seeds and different kinds of meat and fish. This is simple preparation guide on how to cook egusi soup recipe with assorted meat – the assorted meat broth gives it a delicious kickstart before being topped with other spicy and juicy ingredients. Egusi soup is best served with pounded yam, but also other kinds of fufu (eba/garri, amala, semolina or tuwo shinkafa).
3 cups egusi (dried egusi seeds)
1 cup palm oil (red oil)
3 tbsp cup grounded crayfish
Traditional seasoning; locust beans, ogiri okpei, dawadawa (optional)
Vegetable; Nigerian pumpkin leaves, bitter leaves or spinach
Pepper and salt to taste
Seasoning cubes; Maggi/knorr
Shaki (cow tripe)
Kpomo (cow skin)
Wash meat and cut, add it to the pot, season with salt, bouillon cubes and other meat seasoning and cook on medium heat with little or not water till done. Allow the meat to cook with steam, this makes it extra juicy. Soak the fish in warm water, wash and debone them when soft – break them into sizeable chunks and cook with the meat.
Get other ingredients ready while the meat is cooking: Grind the egusi with a dry mill/blender – keep dry. Separately grind the crayfish and dry pepper, set aside. Wash the vegetable to be used, cut into tiny pieces and set aside.
Heat the palm oil in another pot and add the ground egusi and stir fry mixture. Add the ground crayfish and dry pepper – stir well and continue to fry. Then traditional seasoning (ogre okpei/iru), add Maggi/Knorr.
Add the meat stock/broth and stir well with the fried mixture. Cover the pot and allow to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring at intervals to avoid burning. If the soup is too thick, top up the water when necessary to bring the soup to a consistency you like. Add salt and adjust for desired spices/ingredients if necessary.
Add the cooked meat and fish, stir very well. Add the vegetable of your choice, stir and cover pot and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes.
Your egusi soup is ready! Serve with pounded yam or other kinds of fufu (eba/garri, amala, semolina or tuwo shinkafa).
Want an ideal homemade dinner African recipes? Something different for you and your loved one to set the perfect mood or atmosphere for the night when you feel like not going out for dinner. This classic sauce recipe might just be what you need – using peanut butter and yoghurt for the ultimate flavour combination. Peanut butter and yoghurt chicken sauce; this hearty stew is for everyone and its kid friendly – it can be made with any kind of meat. Succulent, falling-off-the bone chicken made easy – well spiced chicken recipe is ideal for a rich dinner. Pair with freshly cooked rice, yam or use chunks of warm, crusty bread to mop up all the juices from this hearty sauce.
4-5 chicken breast fillets cut into bite sized pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1/2 tablespoon crushed ginger
3 tablespoons natural yoghurt
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes (I used dried chilli flakes in brine)
1/2 a mug/cup of passata tomatoes
3-4 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
I tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 jug water
Salt to season
In a large skillet, add oil, once oil is heated, add onions, chilli flakes garlic and ginger. Fry slowly until the ginger and garlic have wilted and have fully released their flavours in the oil and the onion is soft and mashy. Add the paprika, black pepper and stir in.
Add the passata tomatoes and stir in well until a smooth tomato gravy has been formed. Add the peanut butter and stir in vigorously to about lumps from forming. Add a bit of water, vinegar, soy sauce and continue stirring and season with salt.
Stir in the yoghurt, then add the chicken pieces and ensure they are immersed into the sauce.
Reduce heat and let the chicken simmer slowly until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Taste for salt and season if needed.
When chicken is done, the sauce should be thick ( in a curry consistency) with a red curry like colour.
Serve with freshly cooked rice and fried plantain and a fresh salad of course as sides. Enjoy!
Try this Nigerian recipe, made by MatseCooks. Contrary to what most people think, the Delta Banga rice recipe DOES NOT USE BANGA SPICES. Banga spices are a No-no in this recipe. It simply overwhelms the natural taste of the Delta Banga rice. How to cook Banga rice is by using fresh Banga extract and meat stock. So if you have been cooking Banga rice with Banga spices, you are cooking the original recipe wrongly. Banga rice is one of the traditional Nigerian foods – could be served with fried/grilled fish and meaty stew.
What do you need for this recipe?
Meat stock and 2 presses of the Banga extract.
1st press which is a very thick extract you get after pounding the palm nuts. It’s thick like butter. This you add at the final stage of cooking.
2nd press…a bit lighter than the first. This you use with the meat stock to start the cooking.
Crayfish is optional but should not be overwhelming.
This lamb shawarma recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables and the meat is marinated in fresh and zesty herbs and spices. This lamb is cooked on a hot non stick skillet and served with your favourite juicy veggie toppings and a drizzle of freshly made tahini sauce. Feel free to add up this homemade shawarma guide on your healthy recipes!
1 kg of boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of fat
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp fenugreek powder
1/2 tsp ground (cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric and cumin)
Super-fast and healthy soup. This is a great easy-to-make Nigerian soup that all the family will enjoy. Afang soup is native to the Efiks, people of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, but enjoyed by all Nigerians. It is also very nutritious as the soup consists mainly of vegetables. How to cook Afang soup? Just make sure you have the right vegetables in generous amount, and assorted meat and fish. One of the classic Nigerian foods!
Sliced okazi leaves (afang leaves) as much as required.
Wash drain and slice water leave, grind or pound slices okazi leave into tiny pieces, (can b achieved with your kitchen blender and a little water in it), then chop onion, wash and blend pepper with the crayfish together.
Boil beef, Pomo add onions and some Maggie, and of course salt to taste. Let it boil then when almost cooked add dried fish and allow it cook for about 5 minutes.
Now add the palm oil, crayfish and pepper once it starts boiling, add the afang leave, water leave and periwinkle.
Then when the leave becomes tender and the water almost drying up add some salt to taste and allow it simmer for about 5 minutes. And your Afang soup is ready. Enjoy!
When it comes to Nigerian foods there’s plenty to delight in it beyond jollof rice and egusi soup and pounded yam. The best way to most people’s heart and love is through good food and entertainment, this is one thing the Yoruba tribe are very good at doing. The Yoruba people are very good in presenting exquisite cuisines which are very mouthwatering with a touch of African spice. Here are some of the tastiest Yoruba foods you should find and try. Also want to learn how to cook these dishes? You can get visual and practical inspiration from some of the finest Nigerian chefs.
Amala, Ewedu and Gbegiri soup
Amala is made from yam into flour and Ewedu is a leaf blended into watery soup. This delicacy is a local dish of the Oyo state people. They like the Amala softly and hot with Ewedu and Gbegiri known as beans soup. It is served at important occasions.
Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup
Pounded yam is mostly eaten with egusi (melon soup). Pounded yam is made by boiling yam without salt and pounding it. Alternative pounded yam is using ready made yam flour but it doesn’t taste like the original. The Ondo and Ekiti people are known to be fond of pounded yam, some other People like their pounded yam with Okro soup. When the Ondo people are expecting important guests, they take their time to make this delicacy. It is believed that when you are offered this food, you mean so much to the person.
Tuwo Alagbado is a meal made from corn. It is one of the most delicious food eaten by the yorubas. Tuwo is mostly served with Gbegiri (beans soup), Ewedu and spicy sauce.
Every Nigerian beans lover is crazy about Ewa Aganyi. Ewa Aganyi is made up of cooked beans and pepper sauce. It is a delicious beans dish, well-known for its softness and tasty sauce. It is normally made when twins are born or a child with the umbilical cord over his/her neck is born. For these special children, it is believed that beans must be cooked whenever they have special events such as wedding, birthday etc.
Local Jollof Rice
The local jollof rice made by the Yoruba tribe is a mouth watering dish. A glimpse at the dish could make one salivate. The rice is a local rice unlike the polished one, cooked with locust bean, crayfish, prawn, dry fish, cow skin, palm kernel oil and seasoning cube.
Adalu is a combination of beans and corn, pepper and palm cooked together with flavourful seasoning and spices. Most Yoruba’s ate lots of this delicious meal when growing up, so they have deep love for it.
Moin Moin is a Nigerian staple food which is very rich in protein. Moin Moin is a cooked bean pudding made from combination of grounded – pealed beans, pepper, and onions. It is very delicious and tasty.
Semovita and Efo Riro
Semovita has become a popular food in Nigeria especially among the Yoruba speaking area, it serves as an alternative for Pounded yam. People who do not want to go through the stress of pounding yam prefer eating Semovita. Semovita is usually taken with Efo Riro (Vegetable soup) which makes the meal more delicious and nutritious. It can be taken with any type of soup. Semovita is made from bleached wheat and grinder into powder.
Akara and Pap
Nothing makes your Saturday morning better than waking up to the sweet aroma of Akara (beans cake) with freshly made pap. This meal is so delicious and tasty. It seems like everybody’s meal timetable for weekends is akara and pap. You will hardly find a house where Akara and Pap is not on the table on Saturdays.
Ofada Rice is locally grown and cultivated in Nigeria by the Yoruba. What makes it special is its unique flavour and aroma. The local rice is mostly served with pepper sauce with palm kernel oil and different parts of meat.
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