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Culture through the lens of food

Recipe Guide

Jikoni recipes are cooked up in both our test kitchen and within our community 

Our current recipe focuses: 

  • Traditional African dishes
  • Contemporary African cuisine
  • Foods of the African diaspora
  • Adapted recipes that appeal to the African palate

Submit your recipe via our recipe submissions form (you must be registered to submit)

All recipe submissions must include the following 2 assets:

  1. Completed recipe template, below
  2. Take photos of the final dish & key recipe steps, if possible (mobile pics are fine)

Approved community-submitted recipes will be professionally shot by our team, so your recipe will be accompanied by a high-quality editorial photograph or video.

When the recipe is shared we will give you author credit and tag you in social media posts.

Please note that our test kitchen may make minor changes to the recipe in order to make sure it’s accessible and delicious for all who try in their home kitchens. 

If you have any questions, email us at community@jikoni.co

RECIPE TEMPLATE

Copy and paste this into a word document (please fill out completely)


RECIPE NAME

Serves/Makes (Aim for 4 servings, or 6-8 for large dishes. Example: Serves 4 -or- Makes 20 donuts)

Headnote (Describe your recipe. Where is it from? How did you learn it? When is it served? Personal anecdote, etc.)

Prep Time:  (Example: 15 minutes)

Cook Time: (Example: 1 hour 20 minutes)

INGREDIENTS 

(Listed in the order they’re used. Include measurements and how to prepare. 

Examples: 1 cup all purpose flour. 2 pounds chicken thighs, cut in 1-inch chunks )

Ingredient 1

Ingredient 2

Ingredient 3

INSTRUCTIONS

(Be specific. Describe how things should look/feel. Include temperatures and times. 

Example: Heat a medium sized frying pan over medium high heat. Add bell pepper. Saute until they have slightly softened and are a bit charred, about 5 minutes.)

  1. Step 1
  2. Step 2
  3. Step 3

NOTES (substitution suggestions, especially for regionally specific ingredients)

HOW TO WRITE A RECIPE


Step 1: Writing

  • Fill out the recipe template completely
  • Do this first, even if you plan on testing your recipe afterwards.
  • Try to use easily-accessible ingredients

Step 2: Testing

  • Prepare and measure all ingredients before cooking. Be sure to use the appropriate measuring tools (measuring cups, measuring spoons, food scale)
  • Use a stopwatch to monitor how long it takes for you to prepare your ingredients, and again to see how long to cook your dish. Most phones have an app for this.
  • Take photos along the way on your phone. No need to edit them, they’re for internal use only. This will help our team when we make your dish for its photo or video shoot. 
  • Make notes of any changes and update your recipe document
  • Take a photo of the final dish in good lighting, by a window during the daytime is best.

Step 3: Submit via the submission form

  1. Completed recipe template 
  2. Photos of key recipe steps and the final dish (mobile pics are fine)

ALREADY-TESTED RECIPES


Step 1: Writing

  • Fill out the recipe template completely
  • Please include any substitutions in the notes section, especially if your dish uses hard-to-access ingredients

Step 2: Submit via the submission form

  1. Completed recipe template
  2. Photos of key recipe steps and the final dish (mobile pics are fine)