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Want to know more about Gambian food? The Gambia is the smallest country on the African continent, but its cuisines are still full of flavors and traditions. Due to Gambia’s subtropical climate and slightly sandy soil, they have access to a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and crops, etc.

This is a country with plenty to eat. Below you can read more about Gambian cuisine and its traditional cuisine.

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It is a Gambian dish commonly found in Gambian restaurants. It is a spicy chicken or fish dish with lemon, onion, garlic, mustard, chili sauce, lime, salt and pepper.

This is a great dish that you must try when you are in The Gambia. The food is usually served with rice.

Benachin (Jollof Rice)

Benachin, also known as “jollof rice” in English, is a dish consisting of rice, onions, tomatoes, red pepper and various spices. The most common spices in this dish are ginger, nutmeg, cumin and chili.

It is a dish that can be served as a vegetarian with vegetables or meat or fish.


Abeh is a soup made from vegetables (usually cassava), meat and various spices – e.g. lime, chili and tamarind.

This is a great Gambian recipe for a soup that is both delicious and filling.


Superkanja is a Gambian stew made with okra, one of my favorite vegetables. Meat, onion, oil, molokhia, chili and fish are also added to the pot.

This is a classic dish in The Gambia!


When it comes to Gambian food, you must try this dish. Domoda is a Gambian groundnut stew that is good, tasty and easy to make. It is a stew made of meat or fish, peanut butter, vegetables and various spices.

Gambian cuisine

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Bas nibe is a tasty and thick stew made from beef, beans and various vegetables. The stew is usually served with “chere” beans, which are boiled millet flour.


Tapalpa is not a dish at all, but a bread that is often eaten for breakfast alongside Gambian cuisine.

Most locals eat this bread for breakfast with butter and jam or with acara, beans and fish. This is a type of roti that you can find in local bakeries, but you can also make it at home.

Gambian cuisine

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Fu-Fu is another classic when it comes to Gambian food. It’s a simple dish made from sweet potatoes and cornmeal that are blended until creamy.

This mixture is commonly served with various Gambian stews and soups.


Mbahal is another Gambian dish made from smoked and salted fish with beans, onions, tomatoes, rice and crushed peanuts.

It is both a simple and delicious dish.


Accra is a delicious local dish that is often served as a tapalpa bread breakfast. This dish is made from black-eyed peas that are ground into flour and fried in oil.

They can be served as is or with various spices/flavors.


More about Gambian cuisine

The Gambia’s climate allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of crops, vegetables and plants. Along with peanuts, some of the most important crops are rice, millet, corn, taro and beans.

The Gambia grows mangoes, bananas, oranges, limes, coconuts, grapes and much more. As for vegetables, okra, squash, peppers, onions and tomatoes are commonly used in Gambian cuisine.

Many Gambian dishes are often well seasoned. Common spices in Gambian cuisine include ginger, chili, nutmeg, turmeric, oregano, sesame, lemongrass, and coconut.

Gambian cuisine resembles the cuisine of neighboring West African countries and is influenced by Arabic, British and Portuguese cuisines.

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Domoda is the national dish of The Gambia. This is a good stew that tastes like peanuts.

Gambian desserts

When it comes to Gambian desserts, you have to taste the chicory.

Chakri is a dessert made from yogurt, sour cream, couscous, vanilla, pineapple, nutmeg, sugar and condensed milk. It is a type of pudding that is creamy and has a nice sweet taste.

Chakri can be served with whipped cream, fresh fruit or chocolate sauce.

Gambian drinks

Below are suggestions for some drinks that can be fun to try on the road. The Gambia has everything from alcoholic drinks to non-alcoholic drinks.

  • baobab mehu – A non-alcoholic drink made from the fruit of a large baobab tree.
  • palmwin – A white and sweet alcoholic drink made from palm sap.
  • Joule Bru – Beer from Gambia
  • wonzo juice A non-alcoholic drink made from dried hibiscus flowers.
  • Freshly squeezed juice from local fruits

Gambian drinks

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