|Dishes||Chadian sweet potato fritters (with lemon-tahini sauce)|
|Land mass||1,284,000 km2 (20th largest)|
|Languages||Arabic, French, 200 other linguistic groups|
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!
Chadian sweet potato fritters
- 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
- Peel the potatoes and grate them on the medium grater setting.
- Combine the rest of the sweet potato ingredients in a bowl and mix.
- Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.
- 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.
- Fry the pancakes until they are golden brown, flipping them to cook through on each side.
- 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