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Welcome to the new website of Sarjo Jallow, guide in Gambia. Here you can find some traditional recipes
from The Gambia!

Gambian Recipes
  sarahbaby   My name is Sarjo Jallow, I am a local guide and I live in Serekunda, The Gambia. I speak English and Dutch.

Here some typical Gambian recipes. Enjoy your meal!


Chicken and Beef Benachin by Adele Faye Njie

1/2 chicken
1/2 lb beef
4 onions
2 slices yate
1 teaspoon pounded fresh peppers
2 large fresh tomatoes
3 dessertspoons tomatoe puree
3 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 cigarette cups oil
1/2 small cabbage
1 large bitter tomatoe
1 large aubergine
1 slice pumpkin
2 big peppers
black pepper to taste
2 or 3 cigarette cups rice (1 lb)
6 cigarette cups water
salt to taste

Directions: Prepare, wash and cut chicken into portions. Remove gristle, etc from beef, wash and cut into equal portions. Mix chicken and beef together. Season with salt, black pepper, pounded garlic and vinegar. Allow to stand for 1/2 hour before cooking.
Prepare vegetables accordingly. Peel, wash and slice onions thinly.
Fry the chicken in hot oil until brown, turn over and fry likewise. Remove from pan and put aside.
Add beef and fry until quite brown. Add the sliced onions and fry until golden brown.
Placed the washed, scalded skinned and sliced tomatoes to rest of ingredients in pan.
Put the tomato puree and pounded fresh peppers into saucepan. Cook gently for 15 minutes.
Pour in measured water.
Bring to a boil, add all the prepared vegetables, fried chicken, bay leaves and salt.
Remove the chicken and vegetables when cooked and keep in a warm place. Taste seasoning.
Add the washed rice to cooking pot. Put the big sliced peppers and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook under low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Serve. Pile the rice on an oval dish, place the vegetables and chicken on top.

Chicken Yassa-Gambia style by Marge Allen

2kg Chicken
400 Grs shredded onion
150 Grs butter
4 big peppers or chilli (shredded)
2 bay leaves, crushed pepper corn
1 lemon
4 cl chicken stock/water

Directions: Cut chicken into fourths, sprinkle with juice of lemon and salt. Grill and keep warm, saute chicken. Add all other ingredients, cover and cook on a low fire until tender and juice well reduced. Dish up and garnish with sliced tomatoes and lemon. Serve, of course, with rice and eat with your hands.

Jeffrey Hilty's Domada

6 T Peanut Butter
1/8th Habanero pepper
2 C water
1 T tomato paste
1 Maggi cube [yes, they are available in US!]
1 T Lemon or lime juice
2 cloves garlic

Directions: Boil water. Mix-in Maggi. Mix-in Peanut Butter until smooth. Mix in tomato paste.
Add garlic, pepper, and any other veggies you want [onions, casava, bell peppers, green tomatoes, cabbage, etc]. Add lemon/lime juice in last 5 minutes of cooking.
It's all done when the peanut oil begins to separate and rise to the top.
Bon appetite!