Ethiopian food is unique in its flavors and is flavored with chiles rather than curry. When you have a chance ot eat at an Ethiopian restaurant, go with several people and order different dishes, and make sure to include Ethiopian Chicken Stew. You will find the mean includes Injera Bread that is used to scoop up the food, rather than forks. Serve the stew the same way when you make it.
A gumbo is a Cajun soup that has a roux as a base and uses file (sassafras leaves) and/or okra as a thickening agent. This dish probably has African origins, as the Bantu word for okra is gumbo! Often served as a main dish, this "soup" may contain chicken, meat, or ham in addition to vegetables, tomatoes, and spices. Serve with potato salad, sourdough bread and blackbottom pie for dessert. Note: Gumbo can be prepared ahead of time. Prepare the gumbo up to the point to where the fish is added. Refrigerate until ready to heat and serve.
This vegetarian soup from India is so full flavored that you won’t miss the meat. I like to cook with lentils because unlike other beans, you don’t have to plan ahead to soak them overnight, and they cook quickly. This soup makes a great entree by reducing the amount of liquid, either pureeing the soup or not, and serving it over rice.