Cuisine of Lesotho

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A photo of men threshing sorghum (top) and Matebele dancers (bottom) by James Walton
A photo captioned "on the way to the store" (top) and stamping maize (bottom)

Basotho (people of Lesotho) cuisine features African traditions and British influence.[1] Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa and it shares culinary practices with its neighbor.

Lesotho's food culture features likhobe[2] (a stew with beans, berries, and sorghum), meat, and vegetables. Corn-based dishes include papa[3] and motoho (fermented sorghum porridge).[4][5][6]

Basotho cuisine includes sauces, generally less spicy than other African countries. Beetroot and carrot salads are common side dishes.[1][7]

British desserts can be found.[8]

Other traditional foods include:



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