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The foods of Namibia

Namibian cuisine is influenced by two main cultural strands: the cookery practiced by indigenous people of Namibia, such as the Himba, Herero and San groups, and the settler cookery introduced during the colonial period by people of German, Afrikaner and British descent.
Some of the common ingredients used in Namibian cuisine include meat, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and dairy products. Some of the dishes that are considered traditional or popular in Namibia are:

Meat skewers: a street food snack made with different types of meat, such as beef, crocodile, antelope, zebra, giraffe, lamb and ostrich, grilled over a fire and seasoned with peanut butter, lemon, chili, salt, pepper and coconut milk.
Oshithima: a porridge made with pearl millet flour or maize flour, often eaten with stews, such as spinach and vegetable stew, beef stew, kapana (grilled meat) or mopane worms (caterpillars).
El Potjiekos: a dish consisting of game meat cooked in a three-legged iron pot over a fire, along with vegetables, such as cauliflower, carrots, cabbage and pumpkin, and various herbs and spices. This dish is of Dutch origin and is usually served with bread.
Biltong: dried and cured meat, usually beef or game, sliced into thin strips and eaten as a snack or added to other dishes. Biltong is similar to jerky and is of Afrikaner origin.
Braai: a barbecue or grill where meat, poultry, fish and vegetables are cooked over hot coals and served with salads, breads and sauces. Braai is a social event and a common way of preparing food in Namibia and other southern African countries.
Vetkoek: a fried dough bread that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings, such as jam, cheese, mince or curry. Vetkoek is of Afrikaner origin and is often eaten as a snack or a light meal.
Melktert: a custard tart made with milk, eggs, sugar, flour and cinnamon, baked in a pastry crust and sprinkled with more cinnamon. Melktert is a dessert of Afrikaner origin and is often served with tea or coffee
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Cooking in Namibia

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