Nkatenkwan

Ghanaian Nkatenkwan

Nkatenkwan

Nkatenkwan

This Ghanaian dish, called Nkatenkwan, is typically made with okra and peanut butter. 

Peanut Butter Soup With So Many Options

If these traditional ingredients don’t appeal to you, use other vegetables and/ or make it a clear soup. Chicken or other meat can be added optionally.

Grains of the Paradise

The spice kit includes grains of paradise. They are native to West Africa, mainly from Ghana, and a mild but pungent alternative to black pepper.

Variations
  • Substitute chicken with any stew meat. Adjust cooking time and water amount.
  • Without a food processor: chop onion and grate ginger. Only follow steps 6, 2, 8-10, in this order. Add remaining broth in step 2.
The Nkatenkwan Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Rosemary, bay leaves

[2] Grains of paradise

Grains of Paradise
Grains of Paradise
Print Recipe
Ghanaian Nkatenkwan
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cups okra green beans, or other vegetables of your choice
  • 1 large tomato quartered
  • 32 oz broth
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy
  • fresh bread
Optional
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
You might have
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • leaves Pouch [1] Rosemary bay
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 cups okra green beans, or other vegetables of your choice
  • 1 large tomato quartered
  • 32 oz broth
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy
  • fresh bread
Optional
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
You might have
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • leaves Pouch [1] Rosemary bay
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Instructions
Prepare the vegetables
  1. Cut the vegetables in pieces that can be cooked in 10-15 minutes.
Cooking
  1. In a large POT, add 2 cups broth. Bring to boil.
  2. Add onions, ginger, tomato, okra or other vegetables, chicken (optional), salt to taste, and Nkatenkwan Spices [1]. Return to boil.
  3. Cook for 10-15 minutes until vegetables are cooked. Turn heat off.
  4. Scoop out some onions to use as garnish, and chicken (if used). Set aside.
Blend the vegetables
  1. Transfer soup to a FOOD PROCESSOR and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Add the peanut butter
  1. In the same POT, heat 2 cups broth. Add peanut butter to dissolve in the broth over low heat, stirring constantly.
Cook all together
  1. Add blended vegetable-soup.
  2. Add water if you want to make the soup more liquid. Cook soup for 20 minutes.
  3. Add onion slices and chicken (if used). Cook to reheat.
Finish up
  1. Sprinkle Nkatenkwan Spices [2] to taste on plated soup from a grinder or whole.
  2. Serve soup with fresh bread.
Recipe Notes

Variations

  • Substitute chicken with any stew meat. Adjust cooking time and water amount.
Waakye

Ghanaian Waakye

Waakye

Beans & Rice from Ghana

Waakye, a Ghanaian dish with beans & rice is a meal of itself or the center of a large number of side dishes. It’s very popular all over Ghana. 

“Waakye”​

The name derives from waakye leaves that are typically used to turn the color of the dish to reddish-brown. Baking soda has the same effect. Try this basic dish with side dishes of your choice.

Grains of the Paradise

The spice kit includes grains of paradise. They are native to West Africa, mainly from Ghana, and a mild but pungent alternative to black pepper.

Variations
  • Waakye as a meal of its own  (first recipe below).
  • Chicken Waakye (second recipe below).

Add a side dish: 

  • Sour cabbage salad: see the recipe in the Currywurst recipe.
  • Fried plantain  Peel and slice a plantain. Sprinkle it with salt and fry in some oil until they are soft inside and golden brown outside. 
The Waakye Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves

[2] Grains of paradise

Grains of Paradise
Grains of Paradise
Print Recipe
Ghanaian Waakye
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed
You might have
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed
You might have
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Instructions
  1. In a FOOD PROCESSOR, blend onion, garlic, and ginger with 1/2 cup of water until smooth.
  2. In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  3. Careful of splatters, add beans, Waakye Spices [1], 1 tsp baking soda, and the liquid from the FOOD PROCESSOR.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
  5. Stir in rice and 2.5 cups of water. Add salt to taste. Mix well, cover, and bring to boil.
  6. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is cooked.
  7. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  8. On the plated dish, sprinkle Waakye Spices [2] to taste from a grinder or the whole peppercorns.
Optional
  1. Serve Waakye with fried plantains, boiled eggs, sour cabbage salad, grilled meat, and/or sausages.
Print Recipe
Chicken Waakye
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed
You might have
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut in 1 inch
  • 1 can Kidney beans rinsed
  • 1.5 cups long grain rice washed
You might have
  • 1 onion peeled and roughly cut
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly cut
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and roughly cut
  • baking soda
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Smoked paprika, thyme, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise
Instructions
Waakye
  1. In a large POT, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Careful of splatters, add beans and fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 tsp baking soda, rice, 3 cups of water, and salt to taste.
  4. Mix well, cover, and bring to boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is cooked.
Chicken
  1. In a FOOD PROCESSOR, blend onion, garlic, and ginger with 1/2 cup of water until smooth.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  4. Add chicken and fry until it turns brown on all sides.
  5. Careful of splatters, add the liquid from the FOOD PROCESSOR and Waakye Spices [1].
  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat until chicken is cooked. Add some more water if necessary and salt to taste.
  7. On the plated dish, sprinkle Waakye Spices [2] to taste from a grinder or the whole peppercorns.
Optional
  1. Serve Waakye with fried plantains, boiled eggs, and/ or sour cabbage salad.
  2. Enjoy!
Bobotie

South African Bobotie

Bobotie

South African Bobotie

The origin of this popular South African is unknown. Bobotie was most likely influenced by the Malaysian and Dutch cuisine. This creamy meat pie balances a sweet-sour-spicy flavor.

Special with Lemon Thyme

The fresh lime leaves from the authentic recipe are usually substituted with bay leaves. Lemon thyme comes closer to the authentic flavor and fills the kitchen with a fragrant smell.

Apricot Ginger Chutney

Shopping list

1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 inch ginger, finely chopped or grated
1/4 cup white vinegar
oil, salt
Optional: sugar to taste

Directions

In a small POT, heat 1 tbsp oil.

Fry 1 onion on medium heat until golden. 

Add apricots, ginger, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, sugar + salt to taste.

Cover and cook over low heat for 30-60 min.

The Bobotie Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Amchoor, yellow mustard, curry leaves, fenugreek, onion, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, cumin, cilantro, garlic, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon 

[2] Nutmeg. turmeric, lemon thyme

Variations
  • Add chopped almonds and/ or 1 oz raisins to the meat.
  • Substitute meat with lentils or chopped mushrooms.
  • Garnish with fresh leaves (bay, curry, or basil).
  • Add an apricot-ginger-chutney as a side (see recipe above).
Print Recipe
South African Bobotie
Cuisine South Africa
Keyword amchoor, lemon thyme
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1.5 lbs ground lamb or beef or mixed
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 cups rice
You might have
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • white vinegar
  • sugar
  • butter & oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Amchoor, yellow mustard, curry leaves, fenugreek, onion, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, cumin, cilantro, garlic, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon
  • Pouch [2] Nutmeg. turmeric, lemon thyme
Cuisine South Africa
Keyword amchoor, lemon thyme
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1.5 lbs ground lamb or beef or mixed
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 cups rice
You might have
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • white vinegar
  • sugar
  • butter & oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Amchoor, yellow mustard, curry leaves, fenugreek, onion, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, cumin, cilantro, garlic, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon
  • Pouch [2] Nutmeg. turmeric, lemon thyme
Instructions
Rice
  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
Meat
  1. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp butter.
  2. Fry onions over medium heat until golden.
  3. Add meat, salt to taste, and Bobotie Spices [1].
  4. Stir-fry meat until it is crumbled and cooked.
  5. In a CUP, whisk 1 egg and mix it with a 1/2 cup of milk.
  6. Add it, sugar, and almonds to the meat. Mix well.
  7. Stir in vinegar and lime juice. Adjust salt. Fill into a non-sticking BAKING DISH.
Finishing
  1. Preheat the OVEN to 350°F.
  2. In a BOWL, whisk 2 eggs.
  3. Mix it with 1 cup of milk, salt to taste, and Bobotie Spices [2].
  4. Pour mixture over the meat.
  5. Bake in the OVEN for 30-40 minutes until topping is no longer liquid and turned slightly brown.
Serve
  1. Serve with rice, and optional chutney and/ or a salad of your choice.
  2. Enjoy!
Rougail

Réunionese Rougail

Rougail

Réunionese Rougail

Rougail is the name of a spicy condiment and of the dish called Rougail Sausages, which is a curry made from smoked sausages.

La Réunion

This dish is one of the most well-known specialties from the cultural melting pot La Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean.

Variations
  • Substitute sausages with 1 can of beans, rinsed. 
  • Add 2 finely chopped carrots, bell pepper, or other vegetable to the sauce.
  • Add fresh chili to taste.
The Rougail Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Thyme, turmeric, bay leaves

[2] Makrut lime leaves

Makrut limes
Please take the time to smell the makrut lime leaves powder.
Print Recipe
Réunionese Rougail
Cuisine La Réunion
Keyword makrut lime
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 medium tomato/es chopped
  • 1 romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
Youg might have
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 orange for juice
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Thyme, turmeric, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Makrut lime leaves
Cuisine La Réunion
Keyword makrut lime
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 medium tomato/es chopped
  • 1 romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
Youg might have
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 orange for juice
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Thyme, turmeric, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Makrut lime leaves
Instructions
Rice
  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
Salad
  1. Mix 1 tbsp orange juice with salt & pepper to taste. Add 1 tbsp oil. Mix. Toss over lettuce.
Rougail
  1. In a POT, bring water to boil and cook pierced sausages for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the sausages and cut them into 1/2-inch slices. Set aside.
  3. In the same POT, discard the water.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  5. Fry onions until translucent.
  6. Add garlic and sausages. Stir-fry 3 minutes.
  7. Add tomatoes, salt & pepper to taste, and Rougail Spices [1]. Mix well. Cover.
  8. Cook 20 minutes over low heat.
Serve
  1. Sprinkle Rougail Spices [2] to taste over plated Rougail and salad.
  2. Enjoy!
Moroccan Mkaouara

Mkaouara

Moroccan Mkaouara

Moroccan Mkaouara

Mkaouara is a popular Moroccan Kefta Tagine with cherry-sized meatballs and eggs. Tomatoes are not supposed to be added to this sauce. It’s just pure gravy from the juicy meatballs. Comfort food at its best. For a faster version, you can form the meatballs a bit larger.

Variations
  • Substitute broccoli with zucchini, pumpkin, green beans, turnips, or a fresh salad.
  • Substitute cilantro with parsley.
  • Substitute beef with veal or pork.
The Mkaouara Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, mint, black pepper

[2] Cayenne

Moroccan Kefta Tagine

Mkaouara Gnocchi

For a change and quick dinner fix, add the Mkaouara spice blend to a tomato sauce for gnocchi.  

Print Recipe
Mkaouara
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword cinnamon, mint
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 lbs ground meat beef or lamb or half-half
  • 1 cup parsley and cilantro chopped (packed full, save some for garnish), half-half
  • 10 oz broccoli florets
  • 4-6 pieces of bread e.g. naan
  • 1 shallot or small onion finely chopped
  • 2 - 4 eggs
  • 2 oz butter
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • [1] Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, mint, black pepper
  • [2] Cayenne
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword cinnamon, mint
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 lbs ground meat beef or lamb or half-half
  • 1 cup parsley and cilantro chopped (packed full, save some for garnish), half-half
  • 10 oz broccoli florets
  • 4-6 pieces of bread e.g. naan
  • 1 shallot or small onion finely chopped
  • 2 - 4 eggs
  • 2 oz butter
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • [1] Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, mint, black pepper
  • [2] Cayenne
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. In a LARGE BOWL, mix herbs and shallot, Mkaouara Spices [1], salt (1 tsp recommended) and Mkaouara Spices [2] to taste.
  2. Add meat and knead well.
  3. Form little cherry-sized meatballs.
  4. In a PAN, melt 1 tbsp butter.
  5. Distribute meatballs in one layer (see notes).
  6. Cover the PAN with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
Broccoli
  1. In a POT, bring salted water to boil.
  2. Add broccoli. Cook over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until the florets are done but not falling apart.
  3. Drain and keep warm.
Eggs
  1. In a SMALL BOWL, crack the eggs.
  2. Gently slide the eggs one by one on top of the meatballs, each in a different corner.
  3. Add salt to taste. Cover the PAN and cook until the egg white is cooked.
Serve
  1. Serve Mkaouara on a large plate and sprinkle with herbs.
  2. Add bread and broccoli on separate plates.
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If your pan is not large enough, cook the meatballs in two batches. The taste turns out better.

Couscous aux Sept Légumes

Couscous aux Sept Légumes

Couscous aux Sept Légumes

Couscous aux Sept Légumes

‘Couscous with seven vegetables’ is a traditional dish in North African countries and much loved by its visitors. Saffron supports the rich flavor of plenty of fresh vegetables. Don’t worry about the chopping! Luckily, the vegetables are used in a larger size for this dish. Couscous is also cooked with lamb or sheep. 

Tfaya like Caramel

A typical topping is Tfaya, caramelized onions, raisins, and cinnamon. With Tfaya, arrange for a longer cooking time.

Variations
  • If you use chicken breast, cut it in three even parts.
  • Optitional vegetables: tomatoes, zucchini, green beans.
  • Without meat, substitute water with vegetable broth.
  • Substitute couscous with cooked potatoes.
  • Add caramelized onions with raisins (Tfaya).
The Couscous Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1]    paprika, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, saffron

[2]    cinnamon, cardamom

Couscous
Print Recipe
Couscous aux Sept Légumes
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb chicken pieces with skin or lamb or beef
  • 10 oz couscous
  • 1/2 small white cabbage quartered
  • 0.5 lb pumpkin cut in 2-inch thick pieces
  • 0.5 lb carrots cut in half
  • 0.5 lb turnips or daikon cut in 8 pieces
  • 1/2 bunch parsley or cilantro or mixed finely chopped
You might have
  • 1 medium onion halved and sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt
Optional vegetables as (partly) substitutes
  • 1 large zucchini halved and cut lengthwise
  • 2 tomato/es quartered
  • 1 cup green beans
Optional
  • 1 cup garbanzo or fava beans (from a can, rinsed)
  • 3/4 cup raisins
Tfaya
  • 4 medium onions halved and sliced
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] paprika, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, saffron
  • Pouch [2] cinnamon, cardamom
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb chicken pieces with skin or lamb or beef
  • 10 oz couscous
  • 1/2 small white cabbage quartered
  • 0.5 lb pumpkin cut in 2-inch thick pieces
  • 0.5 lb carrots cut in half
  • 0.5 lb turnips or daikon cut in 8 pieces
  • 1/2 bunch parsley or cilantro or mixed finely chopped
You might have
  • 1 medium onion halved and sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt
Optional vegetables as (partly) substitutes
  • 1 large zucchini halved and cut lengthwise
  • 2 tomato/es quartered
  • 1 cup green beans
Optional
  • 1 cup garbanzo or fava beans (from a can, rinsed)
  • 3/4 cup raisins
Tfaya
  • 4 medium onions halved and sliced
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] paprika, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, saffron
  • Pouch [2] cinnamon, cardamom
Instructions
Tfaya (optional)
  1. In a POT, melt butter.
  2. Add sliced onions, salt & Couscous Spices [2] to taste.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to detach the onions.
  4. Add 2 tbsp of water.
  5. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the onions are soft. Stir occasionally.
  6. Add raisins and sugar.
  7. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the onions are caramelized. Stir occasionally.
Stew
  1. In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry meat and onions until the meat turns slightly brown on all sides.
  3. Add vegetables, salt to taste, and Couscous Spices [1].
  4. If you use zucchini, add them after 10 minutes.
  5. If you use lamb or beef, cook meat in water and spices until it's almost tender, before you add the vegetables.
  6. Add 2.5 cups of water.
  7. Cover POT and bring to boil.
  8. Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  9. Add the herbs and optionally garbanzo beans and/or raisins and Couscous Spices [2] to taste. Mix well.
  10. Continue to cook for about 5-10 minutes until all ingredients are soft but not mashed.
Couscous
  1. Prepare couscous according to package instructions.
Serve
  1. On a large plate, serve stew over couscous.
  2. Optionally, top with Tfaya.
  3. Enjoy!