Abacha, One Of The Most Delicious Dishes Of African Cuisine
Jacqui Iwu is a media relations and communications strategist. An…
So you have some excellent plans to visit Africa, and you are probably thinking about which of the African countries you should jump on that can spice up your eating appetites. Nigeria could be your go-to destination to taste one of their delicious dishes, Abacha.
Africa Is Such A Rich Continent
First, if you talk of visiting the African continent, remember that they have different cultures, foods, values, fashion, and weather. This article will be taken you to the West African side, which has lots of sunshine and some rain, but more of the sun, so you should pack some sunglasses, get some SPFs, hats, and shawls/sarongs.
Delicious Food And Hospitable People
For Now, you are going to Nigeria, which is in the Western part of Africa with lots of sunshine and bits of rainfall, varieties of foods and very hospitable people. It does not matter what you hear about different countries, but till you experience it yourself, you cannot run your own conclusion of what is or not concerning them. So you have carried out your investigations, and you love what you got and made up your mind to fly down to Nigeria.
For a foodie who loves to explore, Nigerians are known for their variety of foods, and it does not matter the part you visit. Each part of the country always prepares other ethnic’s foods and drinks for travellers and non-indigenes visiting them.
Abacha, A Traditional Dish Of Nigeria
Abacha, is a popular delicacy and expertly prepared in the southeastern part of Nigeria. Abacha is derived from a popular root found in most African countries, known as Cassava. Many food items are derived from Cassava, like the Fufu, Cassava flour for cakes, bread, etc.
Abacha delicacy is made up of Cassava flakes derived from dried Cassava. The flakes are derived from a process of boiling, shredding, and sun drying the flakes naturally. The dried flakes can stay outside the refrigerator for a year or more without spoiling as long as they are neatly and hygienically stored.
The Abacha Recipe
To prepare Abacha, you first soak the dried flakes in water for few minutes to soften the flakes. Ingredients used to prepare this delicacy ranges from local spices like ginger, garlic, chilies, red palm oil, dried/fresh cooked prawns/shrimps, pieces of beef, chicken, fish, and stock fish famous known in Nigeria as (okporoko) garden eggs, onions, and any fresh vegetable of your choice.
Vegetables could be cabbages, lettuce, etc. All these ingredients are chosen by a customer who places an order when you walk into a restaurant to eat Abacha. You will instruct the waiter concerning ingredients you are allergic to or don’t like so they don’t add them, and your Abacha will still taste delicious since it’s an –a la carte dish. The freshness of this delicacy is guaranteed because it is not cooked.
Every ingredient is fresh and natural. Veggies should be fresh too!! This is what makes the Abacha salad very healing and healthy! These ingredients are mixed with the already softened Cassava flakes.
How To Enjoy Abacha Like A Local?
Abacha can be enjoyed and served with fresh palm wine, which is a white color alcoholic-locally produced natural drink in the southeastern part of Nigeria, that contains fresh yeast and taste very sweet naturally without any sweeteners or additives.
Those who don’t want to enjoy the delicacy of fresh palm wine can pair their Abacha with beverages like malt, beer, and fruit juice, depending on your taste of preference, as they also go well with the dish.
So when next you visit Nigeria, even if you just landed in big cities like Abuja/Lagos, where there are plenty of foreign cuisines, make sure you order Abacha, and you will get it freshly prepared for you.
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Jacqui Iwu is a media relations and communications strategist. An OAP and human rights advocate, co-founder of a non profit organization, a prolific lifestyle writer, and The Gastro Magazine author sharing the gastronomical secrets of Africa. Jacqui is currently living in Nigeria, West Africa.