About the Food of Chad (TChad)

What a difference a few miles can make. Chad is divided into three main geographic zones – steamy Sahara dessert in the north, the central Savannah, and semi-tropical south. As the landscape changes, so too does the diet. From the north, to the south, very few cultural similarities connect the people of Chad.

Northern Chad

In northern Chad the people enjoy a diet rich in meat, particularly lamb. Savory pieces of meat might be grilled or stewed with vegetables, such as okra, peppers, onions, and tomatoes (recipe).

Many dishes in the north are prepared with yogurt, butter, and milk. In fact, milk stands line the streets in Northern Chad – where busy shopkeepers blend tropical fruits like papaya and mango with milk, into refreshing beverages (recipe).

Southern Chad

Central and Southern Chad enjoy great quantities of fish, thanks to the plentiful waters of Lake Chad and the Chari River. Meat is not readily available and, with less emphasis on dairy products, lemonade stands dot the countryside instead of milk stands.

General Food & Drink

A popular drink throughout Chad is Karkanji – iced hibiscus tea with the addition of ginger and other spices. This drink is popular throughout western Africa – we provided a basic recipe for hibiscus tea when we had our Burkina Faso Global Table.

Millet is a staple in Chad, particularly to the east. Millet flour, somewhat bitter and earthy in flavor, is typically cooked into porridge or thick dumplings to eat with stews and sauces (recipe).

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Comments

  1. The Continent of Africa has so many Countries…..how many are there?

  2. Collette Lemons says:

    I love reading about the food from different countries. I am learning a lot from this.

  3. Very few cultural similarities between north and south is an understatement. The North is populated by people who are basically like Arabs, the South by Black Africans. Arabs enslaved blacks when they could and the blacks killed Arabs when they could. A bloody 30 year long civil war tore the country apart after independence.

  4. Sasha, I learn something new every time I visit here! Thank you! :)

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