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African Christmas Recipes You Need To Try

Christmas is a big deal in Africa, and it’s celebrated with gusto. But if you’re not familiar with the traditions, it can be a little daunting. So we’ve put together some traditional recipes to help you get into the Christmas spirit.

African Christmas Recipes

Get into the Christmas spirit with these African-inspired Recipes. Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping main dish or a sweet and indulgent treat, this recipe is sure to impress your guests and add a unique flair to your holiday feast. Happy cooking, and Merry Christmas!

Not to worry, I have included Main meals, Sides, Dinners, Deserts, and Drinks in these holiday meals to make your Christmas celebrations extra special.

Here are my 15 African Inspired Christmas recipes you might want to try.

Christmas is just around the corner, and you are probably planning your menu. Why not give your menu an African twist this year? We’ve rounded up a list of African Christmas recipes that will have you in the holiday spirit with every bite. Here are some of our favorites:

1. East African Pilau

Experience the vibrant flavors of East Africa with the delicious pilau, made with aromatic spices and a medley of vegetables. This comforting and satisfying rice dish is the perfect side for Christmas. Serve this tasty main course with any choice of protein, such as chicken, lamb, or seafood.

2. Coconut fried rice

This Christmas, indulge in the tropical flavors of coconut fried rice, featuring fluffy rice cooked in broth with a hint of creamy coconut milk. Perfect as a side dish or a main course. This delicious and satisfying recipe has a perfect combo of colors, flavors, and texture. Yummy!

3. Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a popular dish in North Africa that consists of eggs poached in a flavorful spicy tomato sauce. Wake up to the bold and flavorful taste of shakshuka served with warm pita or crusty bread on Christmas day. You will enjoy it.

4. Weast African Fufu

If you prefer to take swallows for Christmas, satisfy your cravings with a bowl of fufu, a traditional West African staple made from Cassava root. Pair it with a savory stew or soup like okro, egusi, ogbono, or ewedu (jute leave). It is a satisfying and delicious dish that is perfect for any time.

5. Sadza

Try authentic and flavorful sadza, a traditional Southern African dish made from hearty cornmeal. Perfect as a side dish or as the main component of a meal, this simple and satisfying recipe is sure to become a new favorite this Christmas.

6. Pepper soup

Warm up with a bowl of spicy African pepper soup, made with a blend of aromatic pepper soup spices, Goat meat cutlets or chunks, and other beautiful condiments. It delivers a bold African flavor you will enjoy on Christmas day.

7. Moimoi

Indulge in this savory traditional West African dish made with a mixture of beans and spices steamed to perfection. A perfect on-the-go meal or tasty side dish for Christmas. It is delicious, easy to make, and inexpensive.

8. Nigerian Meatpie

How about making some classic meat pies? You can prepare ahead for this by buying your ground beef or mincing your own Meat a couple of days before Christmas and freezing it. You can even make the pie filling a day or two ahead. Pop it into a suitable container, freeze it and thaw it when you are ready to use it. As for the pie dough, you can make it a day before, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge as well until you are ready to use it.Freshly baked Nigerian meat Pie served with cold pineapple juice

9. African Egg Roll

African Egg roll is a simple snack that can also be served as breakfast wth a cup of tea on a Christmas morning. It’s so easy to make.Sliced African Egg Roll to show inner egg

10. Buns

I cannot talk about Christmas and not mention buns. Easy to mix and fries in no time. 

11. Puff puff

Grace your table with spongy deep-fried dough. You will be glad you did. This puff puff recipe has a zing to it. Click and see.Nigerian puff puff

12. Sparkling Zobo/ Sorrell drink

Christmas drink recipes are a favorite part of Christmas recipes. Surprise your family and guests by making this satisfying sparkling zobo recipe. You can definitely make this ahead and chill it as long as you don’t finish it up before Christmas day 🙂There's nothing like some homemade Sorrel Drink

13. Lemon ginger Pineapple Juice

This is something I like to make during the festive season. Not because it’s only refreshing but because it can satisfy your craving for alcoholic drinks, and it also helps your digestion after eating the rich Christmas meals. This can also be made ahead and chilled in the fridge till needed. Lemon Ginger Tea
 
It is very easy to make, and it will definitely satisfy your cake cravings. You can bake this a day or two ahead, wrap it up tightly and place it in the fridge.

14. Salad

Salad is a side meal that is loved during festive seasons. You can prepare this classic Nigerian salad ahead by cutting and dicing all the Vegetables a day before.
 
Cover it up with plastic wrap or a cling film and keep it in the fridge.  The following day, just throw in the baked beans, sweet corn, the boiled eggs and add the dressing.

15. Pounded Yam

Pounded Yam is one meal that some families cannot do without during the festive season. I have a simple way of making this to prevent you from sweating while pounding.
 
All you need is a mixer! Pounded yam can be served with egusi soup, Ogbono soup, okro soup, or

Pounded Yam made with a hand mixer

16. Nigerian Fried Rice:

Nigerian fried rice is a simple, delicious, and nutritious meal. Great recipe for a Nigerian Christmas lunch or dinner. I promise your guests will be wowed by this recipe!!!

17. Nigerian Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice is a popular West African dish. It is made mainly with rice, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and spices. The Jollof Rice is very easy to prepare and cooks quickly. This recipe is for the Nigerian Jollof Rice.Oven baked Jollof Rice

18: Mashed Potatoes:

Mashed potato recipe is a tradition for some during the Christmas season. I want to challenge you this time to make your mash a little fancier by adding sweet corn and peas. This is the African mashed potatoes called Irio. Perfect for Christmas dinner!

Irio African mashed potatoes

Remember preparing ahead is the key to spending less time in the kitchen on Christmas day. All you should be doing on Christmas day is either warming up already cooked meals or finishing up the cooking you have previously prepared for.

All the cutting, dicing, and slicing should have been done prior to Christmas day so that you can have enough time to hang around with your loved ones.

I hope these African Christmas recipe Ideas will make your Christmas a memorable one.

May our homes be filled with dancing

May our streets be filled with joy

From this time forth and forever more. Amen

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

XOXO,

Lola.

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joy

Monday 23rd of December 2019

thank you ma, for this lovely Christmas tips.God bless you.

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

You are welcome Joy :)

Monday 23rd of December 2019

God bless you cheflola

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

Amen !!... God bless you too !!!

Christine

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Thanks hun, you're the best.

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Thanks, Christine :)

Saturday 21st of December 2019

Thanks chef

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

You are welcome :)

'Yemi

Saturday 21st of December 2019

Wow! Christmas cooking made easy for me this year. Thanks very much chef Lola, you' re amazing. Wishing you and all yours a very happy Christmas🎄,and a wonderful New year 2020 packed full of pleasant moments.

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Thank you Yemi, you are part of the wonderful people that made it amazing for me. I also wish you a prosperous year ahead. ❤️