Sudan is famous for its Guhwah coffee served from a Jebena, a special Sudanese pot. The coffee beans are roasted in this pot over charcoal then ground with cloves and other spices. The grounds are steeped in hot water and the coffee is served in tiny cups after straining it through a grass sieve.

 Tea or chai is also very popular and served in small glasses without milk. Some beverages enjoyed in the non-Islamic areas are Aragi, a clear strong spirit made from dates, merissa, a type of beer and tedj, or wines, made from dates or honey. 

Sudanese cuisine is as varied as its cultures, especially in the south, but it has certain unique characteristics. Millet porridge and fool medamas, a savory dish of mashed fava beans, are popular breakfast foods in the north. Lamb and chicken are often eaten, but pork is prohibited to Muslims. Wheat, and dura sorghum, are the staple starches. Breads include the Arabian khubz, and kisra, an omelette-like pancake which is part of the Sudanese dinner. Maschi, a beef and tomato dish, is also typical. Fruits are peeled for dessert and a favourite treat is creme caramel.
In the south, dinner is served on a low, bare table. There may be five or six dishes to dip into with large pieces of flatbread. These dishes are accompanied by a salad and shata, a red-hot spice mixture served in small dishes. After the meal, dessert is served, then tea. On special occasions incense may be lit. The ritual of hospitality is important in Sudan.
Did you know? 

In a Sudanese home, a guest is first offered tea or a fruit drink, a refreshing and symbolic gesture to welcome someone after a "long journey". 

Here's a Sudanese recipe to try:

Sudanese Meat Sauce 


 1 kg lamb or beef, cut into pieces
2 tbs oil (vegetable or sesame)
1 onion 
1 can tomato sauce/paste
1/2 tsp cumin 
salt & pepper 
1 or 2 garlic cloves chopped 
lemon juice


 Brown the meat pieces in oil. Add onion, tomato sauce, cumin, salt, garlic, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Simmer on stove in covered pan for 30 minutes. Serve with kisra