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Top 5 Dishes from Senegal

Senegal is a country bordering Gambia, the cuisine of Senegal is influenced by Portugese, French and North-African cuisines. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, fish is a very prominent part of Senegalese cuisine. So, today we will read about the Top 5 Dishes from Senegal.


Ceebu Yapp

Photo by Jon Stammers

This dish is somewhat similar to the Nigerian/Ghanaian Jollof rice and Cote d’ Ivoire’s Riz au Gras. This flavourful dish is a wonderful combination of meat, rice and vegetables such as cassava, potatoes, carrots etc. You can try this recipe written by All African Dishes blog. You can make use of spice blends from Ataro Foods & Spices store and give that interesting and flavourful dish an additional twist. What do you think?


Mafe (Senegalese Beef Stew)

Mafé Sénégalais
By Nicolas PHULPIN (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Now what is interesting in this dish is the use of peanut butter. We all love peanut butter, who doesn’t? When beef and peanut butter come together in a melange, it is bound to create magic and that is what this dish is about. 196 flavours blog shares this lovely Mafe recipe. Use Ataro Foods & Spices’ spice blends and create tantalizing dishes!

Poulet Yassa or Chicken Yassa

Poulet Yassa

By Kinesira (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is Senegal’s most famous dish. This dish is equally popular in Gambia (insert Top 5 Gambian foods link) The ingredients include chicken (no doubt), loads of onions, lemon, and some hot chilli peppers for that additional kick. Panning the Globe blog shares this lovely recipe of the Poulet Yassa (Chicken Yassa). Do try to make this with Ataro Foods & Spices’ spice blends, you will be amazed!

Fish is a very prominent part of Senegalese cuisine. Click To Tweet

Couscous Senegalese thièré (also referred to as Bassi-salte)

Couscous Senegalese thièré with chicken and sauce
By T.K. Naliaka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This recipe makes use of couscous in the dish along with meat and vegetables. It is interesting to see how each of these dishes are full meal dishes – have good quantities of meat, vegetables and the basic building blocks – starch, fats and protein. So in this recipe by Senecuisine, we can read the detailed way to make this dish. It can seem a bit laborious but aren’t the fruits of labour the sweetest? Try this recipe today by adding a twist with Ataro Foods & Spices’ spice blends.


Thieboudienne (Senegalese Fish and Rice)


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Last but not the least, we come to the national dish of Senegal. Yes, one of the most mouth-watering dishes food connoisseurs will enjoy. Fish being a staple in Senegal, this dish is no doubt the flag bearer of Sengalese cuisine. Honest Cooking blog shares this yummy, lickalicious recipe for the dish. We recommend you try this recipe with ingredients/spice blends from the Ataro Foods & Spices store, you will surely be awestruck!


With that we wrap up today’s post about the Top 5 Dishes from Senegal. Do try out these recipes at home, let us know what you enjoyed the most. Now to get started, all you need to do is some shopping at Ataro Foods & Spices online store for some aromatic spice blends that will bring the zing back to your cooking!

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