It happened to all of us: you have a strong craving in the middle of the night. You decide to make yourself some nice and quick African dish. As you start assembling what you need, you realize your main ingredient is missing!
Now you have two choices:
- You drink tap water and go back to sleep crying your eyes out;
- You follow the next steps of this quick and easy guide and stock up your pantry right before your gari goes wanted so that it never happens again!
No matter what you do, you kitchen should always have these vegetables in the following forms. Otherwise, just forget about late night cooking and go back to bed.
2. Oils & Butters
We are all trying to eat healthy, but without these essential oils and butters, forget all together about African cooking and start making sushi maybe.
3. Dry spices
African cooking, even at one in the morning, is all about adequate spices to give taste to your meals. Make sure to buy them in grain and ground forms. The grains are stronger and better of course, but if you are too hungry to grind everything, the ground spices will definitely help.
Don’t disregard these ones. Otherwise your “African” dish will taste like a traditional Vermont meal (no disrespect to Vermont).
Unless you want to wake up two hours later feeling hungry again because you thought boiled corn would do it, we suggest you buy these essential carbs:
These legumes are used in many African dishes and can be bought in grain forms or precooked in cans, depending on how long you plan to stay up.
Fruits are essential and when dry, will last a good while in your pantry.
When you get tired of drinking soft drinks and orange juice every single day here are some great healthy alternatives you can try:
If you live in the West and plan on watching a good flick during the night, you know about your snacks! Just don’t forget to use your dental floss afterwards (I bet you’ll forget but whatever… we feel less guilty now).
You may now enjoy your brand new Basic African Pantry.
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Do you think there’s anything we forgot?
What would you put in your basic African pantry?