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Kanda ti Nyma

The Central African Republic is pretty much the poorest country in the world. Average income of little over US$1 a day, average life expectancy of 52, second last on the human development index, endless civil war and high crime rates. Researching this country to try and cook a meal was quite sobering.

I also learnt some new things food wise, peanuts are called groundnuts in Africa and in an attempt to be as authentic as possible I learnt how to make my own peanut butter from a bag of peanuts.

Kanda is a meat ball and comes in two forms in the Central African Republic. As meat is limited and expensive the meat ball mix is fortified with seeds or nuts to pad it out. Usually pumpkin seeds or groundnuts. I used groundnuts for this. Then cooked in a peanut and okra sauce served with rice or Fufu (cassava pudding).

The result is a really nice dish. The people of the Central African Republic might be poor but they make the most of what they have and Kas commented last night that she was enjoying meals from the poorer African much more than that of the other richer countries.

Kanda ti Nyma was a winner.

Next Up: Chad

Kitchen World Tour day 31.

Main: Pastel Com Diablo Dentro (Pasty with Devil Inside) with Jagacida and Salad

Dessert: Fidjós

This meal was almost a disaster. The Pastel batter is a mix of sweet potato and corn flour (not cornstarch, corn flour is masa or maize flour or fine polenta). The dough was really hard to work with and kept falling apart. I ended up using a little wheat flour in the mix to give it some stiffness and dinner worked out, it was just served a little late.

The dough is stuffed with a mix of spicy fresh tuna (the devil inside) and then pan fried till they are crispy. Ended up making way too many but they were all gone by morning. The dish was accompanied by Jagacida, sometimes known as Jag.

Fidjós are banana fritters also fried and dipped in cinnamon. Delish.

Was a hard meal to research and put together but ended up great. Instead of Pastel Com Diablo Dentro, I’m sharing the Pastel de Milho (Chicken) recipe which provides excellent instructions for the pastry process.

Next Up: Central African Republic