(The) GAMBIA

The national flag of Gambia was adopted in 1965 when the country gained independence from the British Empire.
COUNTRYThe Gambia
DishesDomada
Time 1 hr
Effort 4/10
Rough cost £3
COUNTRY The Gambia
Capital Banjul
Population 2,173,999 (144th largest)
Land mass 10,689 km2 (74th largest)
Languages English (official), lots of National languages
Religionsn/a

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa and is in West Africa, surrounded by Senegal and with a coast bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The country takes its name from The Gambia River, which flows through the centre of the nation. Throughout history, the advantages of this river has meant that Gambia was colonised by first the Portuguese in 1765, and then the British Empire, until the nation gained independence in 1965.

The cuisine of Gambia includes traditional West / central African staples like peanuts, rice, onions, tomatoes, cassava and chillis, however, The Gambia River is especially rich with oysters, which feature in some dishes. Bridget made our favourite *again* – vegan peanut stew a.k.a. Domada ! This is a rich and flavourful dish made with groundnut paste, chilli, tomatoes and whatever root veggies are lying around (or chicken for special occasions).

RECIPES

Domada

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb chicken OR 2-3 large sweet potatoes OR 1 lb pumpkin cut into chunks / cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups of boiling water + vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
  • salt + pepper to taste

METHOD

  1. Heat some oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Fry the onions, garlic and chilli for 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir well.
  2. Next add in whatever meat / veg staple you are using (we used sweet potatoes). Stir into the mixture and then add the stock and peanut butter.
  3. Mix everything to combine fully and cook on a low heat for 30 – 45 minutes. The meat / root veg should be soft and cooked and the sauce should thicken up nicely.
  4. SERVE with fresh rice and greens = YUM!

Thank you and see you in Georgia! M + B x

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