Chad is a geographically diverse country which comprises of 200 ethnic groups. Just like its diverse ethnic community, so is its cuisine. The cuisine here mostly consists of grains, veggies, meat, fruits, and other staples. Soups, stews, rice, and kebabs with Arabic influence are also part of Chadian cuisine. One of the common dishes you can’t miss here is Jarret de boeuf. The delicacy which has beef and veggies as its main ingredients is prepared for two hours until the meat is soft. This publication features the recipes and guide to prepare Chadian dish. Before we proceed, get to learn more about Chadian culture.
Like most African countries, Chad has managed to retain its cultural values. According to African culture, when guests walk in any home they are welcomed with a drink or food. This is not different in Chad. Guests are not expected to turn down food or any drink offered to them. Doing so is a sign of rudeness.
In Chad all meals are prepared in an open fire by women. When ready, the food is served on a sizeable communal bowl, which is placed on a mat. The main dish is served in the evening and is enjoyed by both men and women in separate areas. As a culture, foods are consumed using the right hand.
Washing hands before meals is paramount, and eating with the left side is considered unholy and unclean.
Now that you have a better understanding of Chads culture, lets jump right to the recipe.
- Beef 500g
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 2 medium onions
- Vegetable of your choice: 4 carrots and leeks or 4 sweet potatoes
- Cooking oil
- 3 medium tomatoes (chopped)
- 1 bunch coriander
- 2 cloves
- Black pepper
- Cut your beef into cubes
- Put water in a cookpot and add a pinch of salt. Bring it to boil for two hours
- As your meat cooks, chop your onions and leeks and chilies.
- Chop your carrots or sweet potatoes and set aside
- Once your meat is fully cooked, drain the stock on a bowl
- Sauté your leeks, garlic, onions, and chili for two minutes on medium heat
- Add your chopped tomatoes and carrots or sweet potatoes and stir for another two minutes. Add your stock and simmer for five minute
- Add your black pepper and meat. Stir well and simmer for another five minutes. Taste for salt and if the vegetables are well cooked.
- Turn off heat and garnish with parsley. Serve with rice or fufu
Jarret de boeuf is a simple dish to prepare. Though the meat requires intense cooking, you shouldn’t encounter challenges making yours. Why not try it out and leave us a comment.
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