Angola

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Unusual Fact: The capital city, Luanda, is one of the most expensive cities to live in.

Angola is known for its oil, gold, copper and diamond deposits. It is not necessarily renowned for it’s food and that’s why it was so hard to find a dish for Angola this week.

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It was an interesting vegetarian dish.There were three layers. On the bottom was a rice and tomato sludge. The recipe required 400mL of passata (tomato pasta sauce) and 500mL of water, however, I used 600mL of passata and 800mL of water. The middle layer was made of of tomatoes, capsicum and peanut butter. This layer was delicious! Finally, the top layer of fried bananas, added an interesting dimension. Altogether it was a appealing dish.

Food of Angola

Ingredients:

400g brown rice

400ml passata (tomato juice)

2 medium onions, sliced

2 green bell peppers, sliced

120ml groundnut oil

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

120ml peanut butter

2 medium bananas

Method:

Add the rice and tomato juice along with 500ml water to a large pan and bring to the boil on high heat. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook until the rice is done (about 50 minutes). Meanwhile fry the onions and green bell peppers in half the groundnut oil until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the curry powder, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Mix the peanut butter with 60ml water and add this and the tomatoes to the onions. Add the remaining oil to a large pan then peel the bananas and cut into 5cm lengths. Fry in the oil until golden on all sides. Tip the rice onto a serving plate pour the onion sauce over the top and add the fried bananas on top. This can be served by itself, accompanied by an African hot sauce or it can be used as an accompaniment to a meat dish.

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