CHAD

This flag represents the colours of the French flag and the colours of the Pan-African flag. Interestingly its similarity with the flag of Romania has caused international dispute.
COUNTRYCHAD
DishesChadian sweet potato fritters (with lemon-tahini sauce)
Time 1 hour
Effort 5/10
Rough cost £3
COUNTRY CHAD
Capital N’Djamena
Population 13,670,084
Land mass 1,284,000 km2 (20th largest)
Languages Arabic, French, 200 other linguistic groups
Religions51% Islam

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Chad is a landlocked country in Northern Africa. It has a very mixed natural landscape and is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. Islam and Arabic culture has a strong influence within the region of Chad, due to the Arab migrant population which began to settle in Chad in the 14th century. Therefore, we picked a dish this week which combined a classic African staple crop (yams) with flavours of Arabia (sesame-tahini + cinnamon).

This week Mwara made Chadian sweet potato fritters with a lemon + tahini sauce for dinner! We served it up with a fresh chopped salad and it was really tasty. We especially liked the string cinnamon flavour that came through and thought these pancakes would be just as good as a sweet meal! Delicious!

RECIPES

Chadian sweet potato fritters

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled + grated
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp of each, salt + pepper
  • DIP: 1/2 cup tahini, 1/2 juice of lemon, 2 tbsp water, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp za’atar

METHOD

  1. Peel the potatoes and grate them on the medium grater setting.
  2. Combine the rest of the sweet potato ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  3. Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.
  4. Use your hands to form the sweet potato combination into golf-ball sized balls, and then press between your palms to flatten into a pancake.
  5. Fry the pancakes until they are golden brown, flipping them to cook through on each side.
  6. For the tahini dip = combine all the ingredients and mix well with a fork. If the consistency is too thick, add a bit more water or lemon to taste!

Merci beaucoup + shukraan and see you in Chile! M + B

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