Flavored oils are used in Ghana as a condiment that can be drizzled over starches, stews, or cooked cowpeas. It is similar to the way Fulbe cattle herders in Mauritania, Mali, and Northern Senegal use the oil butter nebam sirme. This spicy condiment can be made with a light-colored oil (like canola, safflower, or peanut) or the classic carotene-rich red palm oil. It reminds me of Asian chili oil made with sesame oil (sesame is originally from Africa) but with an African touch. Easy and quick to make, this might be just the perfect holiday gift for that African gourmand on your list.
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