Experience different cultures at the Saint Paul RiverCentre

3:08 PM, Apr 27, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. --  Minnesota's largest multi-cultural celebration is returning to Saint Paul RiverCentre on Thursday May 2nd!

Festivals of Nations provides a look into traditions, history, and journey of over 90 ethnic groups with help from over 60 exhibitors, 37 internationals cafes, and a wide range of entertainment. The theme this year is, "Children, Our Past and Future."

The Festival runs from Thursday May 2nd through Sunday May 5th. Ticket prices range from $8 to $15 and may be purchased in advance at festivalofnations.com.   


Jamal Hashi, owner of Safari Express at Midtown Global Market, will be at the Festival this year and was kind enough to share a recipe for a traditional Somali entrée.

Chappati wraps with grilled pineapple and beef sambuzas:


  • Chapati bread, pre-made
  • Olive oil, for stir frying
  • ¼ lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed and sliced into bite-sized pieces\
  • ? c red onions, sliced
  • 1-2 tsp or to taste "Magic spice"
  • ¼ c green and red bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 tbsp carrot and zucchini, shredded
  • 2 tbsp or to taste of vinaigrette: olive oil, basil, lemon (or vinegar or lime)
  • ¼ c iceberg lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp or to taste ranch dressing


  1. Heat chapati bread over fire.
  2. In a saute pan over high heat, heat olive oil.
  3. Add chicken and saute, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add sliced onions and Magic Spice, and saute until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Add bell peppers, carrot, and zucchini and saute another 2 -3 minutes.
  6. Put sauteed chicken and vegetables in the middle of the chapati.
  7. Drizzle vinaigrette over chicken.
  8. Layer lettuce over the chicken.
  9. Drizzle with ranch dressing.
  10. Fold the chapati over the chicken, vegetables, and lettuce: Wrap it like a burrito.
  11. Slice in half and serve.


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