Muffins recipes

National dish of Zambia

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  • Independence: 24. 8. 1991
  • Capital: Lusaka
  • Official language: English
  • Population: 14 309 466
  • Area: 752 618 km2
  • International code: ZM
  • Currency: Zambian kwacha (ZMW)
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Zambian cuisine has remained largely free from outside influences until the 19th century. However, the Zambian foods contain ingredients like cassava, Peanut, and chilli pepper. Starchy foods like Nshima are served with grilled/stewed meat and vegetables . Very common meats in the Zambian cuisine are chicken and Beef, while game is also served as and when available. Even if in Zambia reside over 70 tribes, each with its own culture and dialect, the Zambian cuisine is relatively homogeneous. Among the biggest tribes in Zambia is The Benmba tribe, living in the north and centre of the country. The Chewa, Ngoni and Nsenga tribes reside in the east of the country while the Bantu tribes are concentrated in the west of the country. The people of these tribes live mostly in rural areas and their traditional dishes include Nshima, Ifisashi. On special occasions people brew beer. Especially in the eastern part of Zambia, where the Tumbuka people reside, the hunting and eating of small game animals is very deeply entrenched in the local customs and traditions. Mice especially are considered a delicacy.&nbsp In urban areas like Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, you can find an eclectic cuisine. The cooking methods here are less traditional and the cuisine is influenced by English,Arab,Indian and Portuguese cuisines.

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