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Food Diaries| Benachin•


 Happy Easter to you all,

I can't believe today is Easter. It really crept up on us this year huh? You should have seen me on Friday, I was casually sitting here drinking my luxuriously creamy mocha latte, whilst unwinding to 'More Issues Than Vogue' - (We'll speak more about this later) -
Then it dawned on me that I hadn't bought the kids Easter Eggs - *sigh*, - last minute supermarket runs it was.

Speaking of supermarkets, it's time to grab your baskets because today I am sharing one of my favourite dishes with you. *yay*.


If you are West African  perhaps you would have heard of Benachin.

Benachin is a dish that originated in the Senegambia region of West Africa. - Meaning "One-pot".
Many simply refer to Benachin as Jollof Rice, but to me there is a recognizable difference between Benachin and your typical, regular Jollof.

Being Sierra Leonean, I definitely grew up around benachin. Particularly at special occasions like weddings and other events. I'm telling you now, if there is no benachin at a wedding, the wedding isn't lit! Sierra Leoneans refer to it as Benechin (Ben-eh-shin) - but then again we like to switch everything up lol.

The difference that I've noticed is that benachin is much more rich. You can surely taste the flavours and it has a smoked taste. - which I live for. The aroma is so beautiful that you will fall in love when it's cooking on the stove. Each persons benachin will be cooked differently but usually when I have it, its much deeper in colour, the grains of rice are much smaller - and let's not forget to mention the amount of pepper! You will need a minimum of three glasses of water by your side. (exag)

Nevertheless, benachin is soooo good. - I'm telling you guys. I always look forward to when my Gambian Aunty comes back from Banjul because hers is the best, shhhhhh.

congocookbook.com has a brilliant benachin recipe that you can check out if you would like to give it a go.


So that is it, if you haven't tried that real benachin make sure you do because what I'm secretly trying to tell you is that Benachin is much better than "normal" jollof rice!!!
( if you need hooking up be sure to email me. I will get you right!)




Have you had benachin or anything similar? Want to try it? Don't forget to leave a comment below.

Enjoy your Easter Dolls,
XOXO


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  1. Oh yummy! Great post! Thanks for sharing! Have a fabulous Monday!
    Much love, Len
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  2. This is yummy.
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  3. this looks so delicious! thanks for sharing!

    xx Melis
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  4. How come I've never heard of Benachin though? I'm missing out. I want to give this a try, it looks like the Thai food I'm addicted to here. I should really check out this recipe and give it a try!

    Why do I feel like I smell this goodie right now X_X Lol haha its my kitchen

    thecocopolitan.com

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    1. can't believe you haven't hun!! You need to, its bomb I promise! & Lol lucky you hahaha

      XOXO

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  5. How come I've never heard of Benachin though? I'm missing out. I want to give this a try, it looks like the Thai food I'm addicted to here. I should really check out this recipe and give it a try!

    Why do I feel like I smell this goodie right now X_X Lol haha its my kitchen

    thecocopolitan.com

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  6. I've never heard of Benachin before. I actually thought it looked a little like couscous. This looks ultra yummy though!

    Berry Dakara Blog

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