staples: cassava, corn, and rice
- Fufu, sticky dough-like dish made of cassava flour. This is a staple dish much like rice or potatoes. Various recipes exist.
- most people eat 2 meals a day — noon and early evening meals are usually a starchy stew served with vegetables and spices
- dried and smoked fish are eaten more often than poultry
- Moambé — popular chicken dish
- malnutrition is common in the DRC
(Willis, Terri. Democratic Republic of the Congo: Enchantment of the World. New York, NY: Children’s Press, 2004.)
Lesson Plan Ideas for Congolese Food
- Read “What is Cassava” to class and discuss why this is such a popular (staple) food for DRC.
- Print out the recipe for fufu and Moambé. Read to the students what is in it and how it is made.
- Make one or more of the foods and allow each student to taste it.
- If you are able to make it together as a class, this is a great math connection as well.
- Send home a request for parents to volunteer to make some of these foods.