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Here are two African recipes, one from the south and one from the west, one that's hot and one that's sweet.

SAMOSAS (Spiced Meaty Pastry)

This is a South African recipe, often served with tea, that feeds eight.

1 lb. Ground Beef                                      1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (or more if you like it hot)
3 Red Bell Peppers (chopped)                 5 Cardamon pods (crushed)
6 cloves Garlic (chopped finely)                 1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Caraway Seeds                             Juice of 2 Lemons
1 lb. Onions (chopped finely)                      2 lbs. Flour
Salt and Pepper (to taste)                          Oil for Frying

Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add chopped red peppers, salt, garlic, caraway seeds, onions, cayenne pepper, cardamon, cinnamon and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly. On a floured board, knead one cup of flour into the meat at a time until the whole two pounds is kneaded in. Then form meat-dough balls about the size of a small meatball and fry on all sides (10-15 minutes per batch) until browned. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.


This recipe comes from Ghana in western Africa.

1/2 cup Butter or Margarine                              1 and 1/4 cups sifted All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup Sugar                                                 1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Grated Coconut                                   1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tsp. Lemon Juice                                          1/2 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. Grated Lemon Rind                                1 Egg (beaten)

Cream the butter and sugar together thoroughly. Mix in the coconut, lemon juice and lemon rind. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda. Add the beaten egg to the creamed mixture and then mix in the dry ingredients a little at a time. Mix well to form a soft smooth dough. Turn dough out onto a well-floured board and roll into thin sheets of dough. Cut into whatever shapes you wish. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 5 to 7 minutes at 425 degrees.


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