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Top 5 foods to try in Tanzania
Renowned for its geographical might rather than its cuisine, Tanzania is often overlooked as a destination for foodies. And whilst the country is perhaps not well known for its culinary offering, tasty, hearty food sits top of the menu from north to south. Here, we shortlist five delicious dishes you should try for a true taste of Tanzania.
Nyama choma, meaning grilled meat, is a firm favourite throughout Tanzania. Fresh meat is grilled slowly on a barbecue to ensure the meat is juicy and tender. Chicken, goat and fish are all popular foods on the barbecue, and are often served with a side of fried plantain, or ugali, which is a stiff maize porridge widely recognised as Tanzania’s national dish.
Coconut bean soup
Thanks to the country's palm-fringed coastline, coconuts are plentiful in Tanzania. Coconut soup is a popular nutritional dish, in which coconut milk and shredded coconut are blended with kidney beans, tomatoes and rice and seasoned with salt, pepper and other spices. The result is a sweet and spicy soup which can be served hot or cold.
Ndizi kaanga, meaning fried plantain, is a very popular Tanzanian snack. Plantains grow in abundance in Tanzania, so they are used fairly liberally in cooking. Ndizi kaanga can be both sweet and savoury, and is often eaten alone as a snack as well as being used as a side dish with a meal. It is a nutritious and delicious food which is a nationwide favourite.
Wali na maharage
Wali na maharage is a typical dish of rice and beans. The rice is usually cooked with coconut milk or oil to give it a rich creamy taste. Seasoned with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, pepper and cloves, the beans have a typical East African flavour. Wali na maharage is usually served with fish, meat or vegetables on the side.
Sweet potato pudding
Sweet potato pudding is a popular dessert in Tanzania. It is quite dense but is seen as a fairly healthy pudding as it is low in sugar, and instead is flavoured with cardamom and saffron. However, different recipes use varying quantities of milk and cream, which obviously impacts the effect it has on the waistline!