Gambians are big on social interaction, so it is not a rare sight to see families eating from communal bowls during meal time. This reverence for social interaction amplifies the importance of greeting in Gambia, so that if you decide to take a trip there, you get travel advice that includes ‘always greet with a right handed shake’. Right there is a great travel tip for you….now to what matters the most, experimenting with our taste buds. This week we will be enjoying the Gambian African recipe known as Domoda (Peanut butter soup) also known as Mafe/Durango depending on the language of each tribe. This culinary foodie delight is made up of peanut butter, beef or chicken and tomatoes. I encourage you to try eating in a communal bowl with friends, shared experiences help us to better appreciate the cultures of others.


So if you like to try new things like I do, whip up your cooking tools and let’s get to work!

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

 Serves: 4

 Ingredients: 2 cups of smooth peanut butter

1 large onion (chopped)

2 litres water

2 whole lemons

4 medium bitter tomatoes (if available)

2 lbs beef or chicken

½ lb pumpkin

4 tbsp tomato paste

2 medium fresh tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Methods: Wash and cut meat into bite size pieces (chicken should be cut into larger pieces).

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In a cooking pan, boil the meat, onions and chopped fresh tomatoes in water for 10 minutes.


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Add peanut butter and other ingredients, bring to boil stirring occasionally.


Reduce heat after 10 minutes and simmer for 45 minutes.

Serve with plain boiled rice.


Recipe by: AccessGambia

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Udochi Anyogu
Yuddie is a lover of life, travel and food. She sources information on recipes from around Africa and shares it with the world.
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