When visiting The Gambia, you must try food that is offered on the streets. Not everywhere, but we will advice you where to buy it. We believe getting to know a country through its food can bring you more close to people and their culture. We would recommend everyone visiting The Gambia for the first time to try at least one or two traditional dishes.
My favorite Gambian meal is Domoda!
Domoda is a delicious groundnut stew mixed with spices and vegetables or meat (also beef, chicken, fish). It is very famous food in The Gambia and Senegal. If they prepare it less spicy, it is also number one choice for many visitors of The Gambia.
Ingredients (lunch for 4 people) 2 onions, 4 hot peppers, tomato paste, 4 fresh tomatoes, peanut paste or butter, chicken or beef or fish, salt, black pepper, garlic, mixed seasoning, vinegar, rice
Cut chicken in pieces and season it with salt, mixed seasoning, black pepper and vinegar. Then put it in the cooking pot and add enough water to cover the chicken. Then blend onions, pepper, fresh tomato and add it into the cooking pot. Let it boil for 20 min and add the peanut paste and some water. Leave it boiling on low fire for 10 min and add tomato paste. The dish is ready, when the sauce is thick. While cooking the rice, leave the pot with the sauce half covered.
If you decide to have beef domoda, than you need to boil the meat first and continue to follow the recipe. If you want to have it with fish, you need to steam the fish together with blended onion, pepper, fresh tomato and lemon. After 10 min take the fish out and follow the recipe. When the meal is served, you add the fish on the top or on the side.