Moroccan B'stilla

Moroccan B’stilla

Moroccan B'stilla

Moroccan B'stilla

B’stilla, also called pastilla, is a savory-sweet pie with precious saffron in a crisp phyllo-style wrapping. It’s an indispensable menu item on festive occasions like weddings. 

Formerly made with pigeons, today one of the most popular versions is filled with chicken and almonds. Alternatively, go for the simple stew version or the Chicken Olives Tagine recipe.

The B'stilla Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, saffron

Variations

▪ Substitute sugar with 1/3 cup soft dried prunes or apricots, finely sliced.
▪ Alternative simple stew version: 

Follow only the step under Fillings #2 until the chicken is cooked. Mix 1-2 tbsp almond butter into the sauce and serve over couscous or potatoes.

▪ Alternatively, use the B’stilla spices for the Chicken Olives Tagine recipe here.

Print Recipe
B’stilla
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword saffron
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lb chicken breast or thighs
  • cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 oz phyllo dough filo, 20 sheets
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup ground roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • salt & pepper
  • butter
Optional Garnish
  • powdered sugar cinnamon, whole almonds
Culinary Spice Kit
  • ginger black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, saffron
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword saffron
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lb chicken breast or thighs
  • cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 oz phyllo dough filo, 20 sheets
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup ground roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • salt & pepper
  • butter
Optional Garnish
  • powdered sugar cinnamon, whole almonds
Culinary Spice Kit
  • ginger black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, saffron
Instructions
Fillings
  1. #1 - Mix almonds with sugar. Set aside.
  2. #2 - In a POT, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onions and fry until translucent. Add chicken, parsley, B’stilla spices, and salt to taste. Stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add 1 cup of water. Cook for about 20 minutes until the chicken is soft. Take chicken out. Continue to cook the sauce uncovered over medium-low heat until no liquid is left. Stir in eggs and cook for about 2 minutes. Adjust salt & pepper to taste. Turn off.
  3. #3 - Let chicken cool, then shred it.
Assembly
  1. Cover a PIE DISH with overlapping phyllo sheets and about 1 inch hanging over the edges of the dish. Add layers of the fillings: #2 (sauce), #3 (meat), #1 (almond-sugar). Cover with overlapping phyllo sheets. Spread a thin layer of butter on top.
Bake
  1. Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  2. Bake B’stilla for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Serve & enjoy!
Recipe Notes

▪ Substitute sugar with 1/3 cup soft dried prunes or apricots, finely sliced.

▪ Alternative simple stew version: Follow only the step under Fillings #2 until the chicken is cooked. Mix 1-2 tbsp almond butter into the sauce and serve over couscous or potatoes.

▪ Alternatively, use the B’stilla spices for the Chicken Olives Tagine recipe here.

Chicken Olives Tagine

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Chicken Olives Tagine
Tagines are originally cooked in the earthenware tagine pot. Chicken Olives Tagines are called “Meslalla” which means green olives. This recipe is the simplest version with a pure flavor dominated by saffron and olives. The smell of saffron feels like home in a Moroccan family kitchen.
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword cinnamon, saffron
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1.5 lb chicken breast or thighs cut into about 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 lb potatoes
  • cup ½ green olives
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb bread
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 onion quartered
  • oil
  • salt
Optional garnish:
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Paprika, ginger, black pepper, cumin, turmeric, saffron
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword cinnamon, saffron
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1.5 lb chicken breast or thighs cut into about 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 lb potatoes
  • cup ½ green olives
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb bread
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 onion quartered
  • oil
  • salt
Optional garnish:
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Paprika, ginger, black pepper, cumin, turmeric, saffron
Instructions
Prepare
  1. Cut potatoes into long slices about 0.5 inches thick.
  2. Reserve 3 slices of lemon for later.
  3. In a POT, add chicken, potatoes, olives, onion, lemon, Olives Tagine spices, 1 tbsp olive oil, and 1 tsp salt. Mix well, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes.
Cook
  1. Heat the POT on the stove, add broth, and salt to taste.
  2. Mix well, cover, and bring to boil.
  3. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook for about 15 minutes until chicken and potatoes are cooked.
Serve
  1. Serve with bread or couscous.
  2. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

* If you prefer couscous, we recommend buying plain couscous.

Nkatenkwan

Ghanaian Nkatenkwan

Nkatenkwan

Nkatenkwan

This Ghanaian dish, called Nkatenkwan or groundnut soup, is popular throughout West Africa. It’s typically a creamy chicken-peanut-soup.

A Soup With So Many Options

With our variations, the soup can be modified to your taste. For instance, use other vegetables and/ or make it a clear soup. 

Grains of the Paradise

Add a finish of grains of paradise (included). They are native to West Africa, mainly from Ghana, and a mild but pungent alternative to black pepper.

Variations

▪ Substitute okra with green beans, kale, or cabbage.

▪ Substitute peanut butter with other nut butter.

▪ For a clear soup, skip peanut butter and step 4.

▪ For a preparation without food processor and more tips, please see the notes at the after the recipe instructions.

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 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups okra
  • 2 medium tomato/es quartered
  • 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • salt & pepper
Suggested Sides
  • fresh bread
  • rice
  • sweet potatoes
  • yam
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Rosemary, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise whole
Cuisine Ghana
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups okra
  • 2 medium tomato/es quartered
  • 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • salt & pepper
Suggested Sides
  • fresh bread
  • rice
  • sweet potatoes
  • yam
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Rosemary, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Grains of paradise whole
Instructions
  1. In a large POT, add 3 cups of broth, onion, ginger, tomatoes, okra, drumsticks, salt & pepper to taste, and Nkatenkwan [1] spices.
  2. Bring to boil. Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off. Take drumsticks out and set aside.
  4. Transfer soup to a FOOD PROCESSOR and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  5. In the same POT, heat 2 cups of broth. Add peanut butter and dissolve in the broth over low heat, stirring constantly.
  6. Add blended soup and drumsticks. Mix well.
  7. Optionally, add more broth for a thinner soup.
  8. Cook soup over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
  9. On the plated soup, sprinkle Nkatenkwan [2] spices to taste from a grinder or whole.
  10. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Notes/ Variations
Substitute drumsticks with 1 lb chicken breast or thighs, cut into pieces, or beef stew. Adjust cooking time and add more broth if necessary.
Substitute okra with green beans, kale, or cabbage.
Substitute peanut butter with other nut butter.
For a clear soup, skip the peanut butter and step 4.
Without food processor: chop onion and grate ginger. In step 3, transfer everything to a BOWL. Skip step 4. In step 6, return everything to the POT.

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!