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African Snacks and Finger Foods
Who can resist a tasty treat when you get the craving. These African snacks are not only appetizing, but many are healthy and guilt-free for those who are serious about watching their waistlines.
African snacks range from sweet to savory, exotic to traditional, crunchy to smooth. There's something to satisfy every palate.
One of our favorite go-to snacks is chapati. Chapati is a popular African street snack and is similar to tortilla bread. They not only make a great snack, but they can also be served with a meal and they are SO EASY to make.
How to Cook the Best Chapatis for Snacking
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
Stir in enough water to make the dough elastic, but not sticky.
Knead the dough until it is smooth. Add oil and form a ball.
Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
Roll out dough on a floured surface.
Divide into 8-10 pieces.
Roll each piece into a ball.
Roll each ball out on a floured surface to form a circle with even thickness like a tortilla.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat.
Cook each chapati in the pan till the underside in browned and then flip.
Repeat for remaining dough.
Slice into wedges or serve whole.
Want to snack on a healthy portion of fruit or vegetables? Then, fritters may be the perfect choice for you. There are a wide range of fritter recipes, but let's start with a simple rice and vegetable fritter. This recipe offers lots of opportunity for you to be creative and make a custom dish with your favorite fruits and veggies.
Rice and Vegetable Fritters
1 cup cooked white rice
1/2 cup chopped mushroom
1/2 cup chopped peppers
1 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup sweet corn
1 cup grated zucchini or okra
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Mix all ingredients except for oil
Press into flat patties
Fry in skillet till brown on both sides
Serve alone or with dip
NOTE: You can substitute any vegetables you like or use equal amounts of chopped fruit with the rice and add sugar instead of spice to make rice and fruit fritters instead.
For a comfort snack that's packed with flavour, you must try a serving of bunny chow. You can't beat scoops of hot spicy curry served in a hollowed out chunk of bread. It's both satisfying and delicious. You could even call it a meal.
How to Prepare Durban Bunny Chow
1 loaf of bread
1-2 lbs cubed lamb, beef, or chicken
1 tsp minced ginger
4 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 tsp crushed green chillies
2 medium chopped tomatoes
1 medium chopped onion
2 large cubed potatoes
1/2 cup oil
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbs curry powder
2-3 curry leaves
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 lightly crushed cardamom pods
1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 tbs garam masala
1 tsp fennel seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook curry ingredients and pour into hollowed out bread to serve.
Did You Know?
Bunny Chow has a not so sweet past. In fact, the name has nothing to do with bunnies. It is actually a derogatory term.