Gambia Cuisine - National Dishes

Nyombeh Nyebbeh
Is popularly used by many Gambians both in the rural and the urban centres; This is made with cassava and beans and has very rich nutrients. The ingredients that can be found in this local dish are as follows: beans, cassava, oils, onions, chili, and stock cube, salt for seasoning, black pepper, liter water and fried red snapper.

Pepeh Soup
This is a tasty thick stew which is very easy to make. Very spicy and it’s commonly prepared with fish, cow leg or foot wit the  bone into to the stock.

This is a typical mandinka dish made from groundnuts in most part of the Gambia. As the name implies, “Domo” means eating whilst Da means the stew pot. The uniqueness is that the flavor of this wonderful piquant dish comes from the main ingredient of concentrated peanut paste. Domoda can be prepared with meat, beef or fish with lot of vegetables. This is a source of high protein and with nutritious value in this Gambian local dish. Ingredients used in Domoda include: salt, small medium onion, fresh tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, medium cabbage, and peanut paste 2 liters of water, tomato paste, lemon juice stock cube and boiled white rice.

Similar to Yassa, but usually made with fish. Caldo is very easy to prepared with the same delicious tangy lemon flavoring, but as the fish is steamed, it is much quicker to prepare.
Use one whole fish per serving, jorto or sompat are recommended for this dish.


This is a popular Gambian dish, originated from the Wolof meaning cooking with one pot. As the name may suggest, just about anything can go in, this is Africa’s answer to a good risotto lady fish. Alternatively it can be made with beef. Always use fresh herbs as this gives a good flavor to the food. The preparation might take about 1hr.

Ingredients: Fish or meat, lemon juice, basil leaves, aubergine, chopp fresh parsley, small medium onion, fresh chili, fresh tomatoes, pumpkin, carrot, medium cabbage ,vegetable oil, water, tomato paste if you want the colour to appear

It is made with chicken or fish, the delicious tangy flavor or fresh lemons or limes make Yassa sauce a huge favorite in this part of the world and definitely recommended as one to try.
Ingredients found in Yassa, whole chicken or fish, salt and pepper, onion, clove garlic, mustard, chili sauce, and lime juice, water if using chicken and, boiled rice.

This is another famous dish in the Gambia, easily prepared with groundnuts, and smoked fish the ingredients can be found in any local markets at a very cheap price. This dish is similar to risotto
Ingredients, smoked fish, dry salted fish, locus bean or black-eyed beans, bunch spring onion, fresh chilies, groundnut and white rice, bitter tomato or Jattoo.

ballsFish Ball
The Gambia over the years has been trying to expose its different cuisine to many visiting tourists to the above named Fish Ball can be seen in almost all the Hotels and restaurant around the Tourism Development area, if you want to have the best taste of this real Gambian owned dish you need to considered the following ingredients. Onion, fresh tomatoes, ground bonga fish,breadcrums, freshly chopped parsly , blackpaapeper,,oil,stock cube, tomato paste fresh chilies and boil white rice to serve

oysOyster Stew
With the presence of the mighty  swamps around the banks of the River Gambia, the smiling coast is blessed with abundant oysters, the collection of these oysters are mainly done by women and they supply it to the major restaurants and hotels and to the Gambian family homes. Always request for this magnificent and delicious Gambian cuisine from any hotel or restaurants whilst in the smiling coast.