What Would MUSLIMS They Eat In Black Panther?

The movie Black Panther have black people in their feelings about reconnecting to their African Roots. Watching the fictional African nation has us imagining everything from socioeconomic black world to daily living in a world where Africans were never colonized.

Thanks to tasty video with Black Panther author Nnedi Okarafor imagining with us what would Wakandan eat and proposing Braised Lambs I tried my first African inspired meal BUTTT I had a problem…I don’t like lamb.  So I recreated the the recipe using cubed steak and the results were AMAAAAAAAZING!

Along this journey of  making this East African inspired dish I discovered that “Berbere” refers this intriguing spice blend,  used in Ethiopa and Eretria, featuring a range of exotic spices. The combination of heat from ginger and chiles alongside the unusual flavors of  fenugreek with an aromatic chorus of cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg make this unusual mix a power-house of flavor.

The final product was a bit hot for my family’s taste buds so next time, I’ll probably reduce the cayenne pepper or leave it out altogether.

Here is the original video and my modified recipe below with my notes.




for 6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 lb boneless steak cubes, cut into 2-inch (5-cm) cubes
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 medium red onions, finely minced
  • ¼ cup ghee, clarified butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (Optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable broth [I substitute vegetable broth becasue I couldn’t find a quality halal beef broth}


  1. To make the Berbere Cubed Beef Steak, heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until oil is lightly shimmering. Add the steak to the pot, season with salt and pepper, and brown on all sides, for about 10 minutes. Remove the steak from the pot.
  2. To the same pot, add the red onions and cook until brown, for about 15-20 minutes. Stir in the ghee, garlic, ginger, paprika, cayenne, fenugreek, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and tomato paste.
  3. Pour in the vegetable stock, stirring well to incorporate. Bring the sauce to a boil and return the lamb to the pot. Reduce heat to medium-low, so the sauce is at a gentle simmer, and cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally until the steak is tender.



for 6 servings

  • ¼ cup ghee, clarified butter
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced
  • ½ green cabbage, core removed and shredded
  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water (I found I needed to add a little extra water)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • ½ cup cashew
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seed


  1. To make the Jeweled Vegetable Pilau, use a separate large, shallow pot, melt the ghee over medium heat. Add the sliced red onions and cook until soft and slightly caramelized, for about 20 minutes.
  2. Add the cabbage, carrots, garlic, and ginger, and sauté until vegetables have softened and cooked down.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, ground cumin, curry powder, and cardamom.
  4. Stir in the rice and add the water. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and star anise. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes until water is absorbed and rice is slightly fluffy.
  5. Discard the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and star anise. Stir the rice well before transferring to a large serving platter.
  6. Create a small well in the middle of the rice, and spoon the steak over the top.
  7. Serve garnished with scallions, cashews, and pomegranate seeds.
  8. Enjoy #WakandaForever


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