Ivory Coast exports many food products, such as cocoa, spices, nuts and coffee. In Côte d’Ivoire, there are different types of dishes, such as Alloko; fried bananas with onion and chillies, Kedjenou; stews with snails, fish, guinea fowl or chicken cooked slowey over low heat. These tradional food products commonly consumed as part of their Ivorian diet, since they get fresh vegtables and meat from the market. The market only has fresh food and supplies, and processed foods are very rare in Ivorian diet unlike our diet.
Jollof rice is a traditional West African dish, and it is also commonly consumed in Côte d’Ivoire. Jollof rice is like a paella with different meats and vegetable mixed with savory rice.
3 large peeled and mashed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 large onions, one chopped, one sliced
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 chile pepper or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 pound lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of vegetables - carrots, green pepper, chopped string
beans, or peas
1 cup dry rice, cooked
Combine the tomatoes and tomato paste and set aside. Saute the sliced onion with 1 tablespoon oil until brown (about 3 minutes). Blend the sliced onion and chile in a blender or food processor until it forms a paste. Set aside. In a heavy skillet over medium heat, fry chopped onion in remaining oil until golden. Add garlic, then meat, stirring frequently until cubes are browned on all sides. Reduce heat to simmer and stir in the tomato sauce. Add the onion/chile paste, salt, pepper and about a cup of water. Add vegetables. Stir well and simmer over low heat about 45 minutes, or until meat is cooked. Mix with rice. Serves 4.
I believe Ivorian diet is a very healthy diet, compared to other countries diet. Many people from Côte d’Ivoire gather their food from the market, where they sell healthy vegetables and food. Most of their traditional dishes were cooked from these fresh products, making the Ivorian diet healthy. Also unlike our diet, Ivorian diet does not have processed food of any kind of junk food. This makes the diet even much healthier than other diets.
Yes many different diets are influenced by their own culture in different ways, such as the Ivorian diet. Many of their dishes were created from food that were collected from their place, and the agriculture affected the diet. The recipes for their traditional meals still exist, meaning that the culture has affected the diet deeply. But also, other countries culture can affect and adapt to other countries diet. For example, the French affected Côte d’Ivoire and now there are a lot of French restaurants in Ivory coast. The French has adapted the culture and enlarged the range of the Ivorian diet.
I think you can tell someone with what they eat, but you cant justify it. You can’t justify that everyone who eats jollof rice, are from Ivory coast. You might be able to assume their nationality and their culture from their diet, but I don’t think that statement is completely true.