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Party Rice Around Africa

– [Kiano] So, this dish is
definitely a party rice. It just makes you wanna get up and dance. – Hi, my name’s Tei, and
today I’m gonna be making my family’s recipe for
Ghanaian jollof rice. Jollof rice is a West African dish where the rice is cooked
in a tomato-based stew. Growing up as a Ghanaian in London, no matter what party I went to, there was always jollof rice
whether it was a wedding, a christening, or even
someone’s 16th birthday party. A Ghanaian party without jollof rice is like a wedding without the cake. Although they look small, these peppers pack a serious punch. So, if heat’s not for you,
be careful how much you use. I remember one day when visiting Ghana, I went to an aunt’s house
and she cooked jollof rice. I don’t know how much
pepper she put in it, but my whole face went
red, I was sweating. Usually, the jollof rice
will be cooked by aunts, even grandparents, where
they’ll cook it in big pots that usually need to be carried by about two people into the venue. There’ll be music playing
in the background, the kids will be running
around, laughing, giggling. Every family gathering will get lively. People will be drinking,
eating, and dancing and just laughing the whole night through. Some countries just put
anything in the blender and cook it at once. My mom cooks it in part, and a big difference is that
she also adds vegetables. If I know you and you
haven’t eaten jollof rice with my family, we’re
probably not friends. Growing up in the UK,
food played a vital role in bringing the family together and just reminding us about our culture. No matter where you’re
from in West Africa, jollof rice is just something that you can always expect at a party, and when you’re clearing up, you can always expect to find
grains on the dance floor. Mm! Mom would be proud. – Hi, my name is Kiano, and today I’ll be making Kenyan Pilau. Pilau is one of those
dishes that really shows the diversity in Kenya within our food. For Maasai people, we
don’t use a lot of spices as maybe people on the
coastal part of Kenya, but I love playing around with spices, so I add just a little bit to make it a little bit more exciting. So, when developing my
own recipe for pilau, I really just channeled in all
the best pilau I’ve ever had. Now, the best pilaus I’ve ever had always always always have meat and potato. I don’t know what it is about
that double starch thing, but when I have pilau without
potato, it just feels wrong. I think the thing I love
about Kenyan parties is that it’s always about food. Our parties aren’t one of
those where you turn up and then food is ready then you eat. That’d be a very short party
if you just turned up to eat because then what would you do? All of the parties that I’ve been to, the cooking is happening during the party. It’s almost like the
cooking is the party itself. People are out back, they’re
grilling, they’re barbecuing, they’re hanging out around
what’s being cooked to socialize, and honestly, I think the best
parties revolve around food. Mm. Alright, now it’s time to party. – Hi, my name’s Amal,
and today I’ll be making my family’s recipe for Somali Bariis. Bariis is a dish which
literally translates into rice. It has a lot of ways that it’s made. Typically, it consists of
rice, a bunch of spices, and some type of meat on top. Bariis is made by a lot
of people in my family. Every time I have it,
it’s a little different depending on who makes it. It’s one of those dishes
that is hard to get wrong, so if you do get it wrong, you
probably aren’t a good cook. No shade. The spice blend that’s typically used for Somali Bariis dishes
is called Xawaash, which literally translates into spices. Bariis can be served at
a variety of parties. I think one of the most important parties that it’s served at is weddings. So, you’re at a Somali wedding, typically a lot later
than you bargained for, the bride or groom is not
there, it’s like 11:00 p.m. but some nice, amazing person has decided to get the food out early. You’re ecstatic, and what’s
the first thing they bring out? The bariis. I don’t think I’ve ever
been to a Somali wedding without Bariis, maybe the bougie ones. The raisins are my favorite part. It’s always a topping that
really completes the dish. The food coloring on the
fries isn’t a mandatory step, but it just makes the fries look more fun, and everyone wants to have
fun when they eat bariis. I did not make the connection that these were also French fries
for a really long time. I was like these are just fun potatoes we eat on top of our bariis. Community is a huge part
of the Somali culture, and this dish is reminiscent of that. My mom and my aunt helped
me learn this dish. That’s another reason
why the bond of family is so important, especially through food. The end all be all in the
Somali dish is the banana. You can’t have bariis without banana, and I don’t care who tells you otherwise, it’s what makes it the most special. Tastes like home. – Hi, I’m Kiki Canuto,
and today I’m showing you how to make my family’s Cape
Verdean Arroz de Marisco. Traditionally, we use calamari or octopus. We put in a lot of shrimp
and mussels as well to have right on top. Those are kind of the
three staple ingredients that we have in this type of rice. So, you can find this dish at just about any Cape Verdean party. We love having some sort
of rice dish present. We actually have multiple
dishes of rice there. Cape Verde is definitely a party country, and I think a lot of West African cultures celebrate food really really
big and really really loud. Cape Verde is no exception to that. It’s a country that thrives
off of its music, its food, and its hospitality, which
I think is very similar to a lot of West African countries. At any Cape Verdean party, you can find a whole
bunch of your cousins, cousins you haven’t even known about. So, you’ll meet your cousins
for the first time there, you’ll meet your aunts,
uncles, grandparents. Usually, you’ll just be
walking around to tables and greeting everyone, saying hi, giving them kisses on the cheeks. So, your rice is going to be a little bit more sticky than you’d think. At the end of the dish, we
add a little bit of the broth that we make with the seafood mixture. Once everyone’s eaten, which is obviously the most
important part of the party, everyone will be on the dance floor. So, you’ll be dancing with your grandma, your grandpa, anyone. It’s really really loud, the energy is super upbeat and vibrant, and it just makes you
wanna get up and dance. (moaning) – [Andrew] Oh, yes! (upbeat music)

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100 thoughts on “Party Rice Around Africa

  1. I'm so surprised to see so many people saying they're surprised that Africans eat with their hands … like come on people, eating with hands is pretty common in many cultures around the globe.

  2. I swear I'm sooo happy they included Somalia and actually made a Somali cook it plus somalia is a country that alot of people give a bad reputation they call us pirates they say Somalia is the worlds most dangerous country wth tbh I can not let this happen as a muslim somali myself I feel terrible when nnews anchors are lying though there are a few dangerous areas in Somalia such as Mogadishu see my parents were born there before the civil war and told me a bunch of funny stories that happen and it showed me that somalia was a amazing place and after the civil war it got corrupt and now somalia is coming back stronger than ever we are not the country of dangerous souls we are the country of happy smiling souls #savesomalia #longlivesomali #iamsomali #somali ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด

  3. EYSHHH my people TASTY has finally traveled to AFRICA ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ these are the people that should Amen๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ December 2k19 where yall at. THEY ARE USING NOT S LITTLE SPICE TO TASTE OOOO

  4. I had a friend from somali. I remember when she came home one day my mom made a vegetarian biryani with paneer as a special dish (I'm an Indian). We started eating and my mom didn't provide me with any cutlery as I always ate with hands. She saw that and she was shocked. In the end we proceeded to eating with our hands and she loved the dish and said how similar it was to her own mom's cooking.
    Food really brings countries together

  5. What are all the comments about eating with your hands. What did we do before knives forks and chop sticks. Every culture on this planet eats with their hands. If they choose.

  6. Me and My Class cooked African Food( I am half African) I ate with My hands it was so funny because everyone like: Wtf are u doing ๐Ÿ˜‚

  7. No Nigerian featured here…so Iโ€™m claiming the Ghanaian dude.
    I want to eat everything though. Great job everyone.

  8. I've never been to parties as an adult so I've no fucking idea what's a party rice
    Do they eat it after a party or during?

  9. Gross! cinnamon stick in rice with tomatoes??!!?? Actually all the rice dishes looked like ass, i thought id at least like one of them.

  10. The somali girl forgot important parts of the dish:
    The meat. There should be meat cooked in to the rice.
    The sides:
    The salad with lettuce,onions, capsicums, cut up bananas, beet root, and lime on the side.
    The soup or broth or alternatively the yoghurt.
    Finally the shidni or chilli sauce.

    This is how you eat:
    You pour a little soup/ broth on the rice. You can also use unsweetened Greek style yoghurt instead.
    You then, grab some of the salad and put it on the rice.
    You squeeze.and Little lime juice on top and then you make sure you put that every bite contains all of the ingredients: the rice, the salad, the meat, and the toppings.
    You drink a cup of mango juice in the end but that is optional.


  11. why does eveyone have to make such a big deal about her eating with her hands? Its part of her culture I guess, but you don't have to comment 5,000 times about her following her culture


  13. Take note african american's we black people DO talk normal in the rest of the world. No funny slang on ANY of these fine folks.

  14. Caribbean here ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ…all the rice looks delicious and similar to our seasoned rice dishes. Question for my African bro and sis…are these slightly modified rice dishes from your countries because I notice they used bouillon instead of real beef or chicken stock

  15. โค๏ธ this video,, especially the ladies. Seriously, I was looking for a jollof rice recipe and found four great rice recipes from the motherland

  16. I expected South Africaโ€™s spicy rice with seven colors to be featured….I can come through and cook it for you….just get me there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Sane people dont eat with their hands you know
    Use chopsticks or fork or spoon any tool really
    You are not an animal so you have to use tools

  18. That Somali food was looking sexy until she put raisins in it ๐Ÿง๐Ÿคฅ I went wtf? I guess its just something that has to be tried to be believed.

  19. just wanna say that, bananas ONLY and thatโ€™s ONLY fit in Somali rice other than Somali rice, itโ€™s not right.

  20. African cuisine is similar to gulf arab,india Pakistan also Afghanistan they all have some types of rice cooked in broth dishes like these i bet itโ€™s yummy

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