Taste of Gambia: Domoda Recipe

Dish recipes: Domoda
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Experience the vibrant flavors of West Africa with Domoda, a classic Gambian dish that combines tender meat or fish with a rich and creamy peanut sauce. Bursting with spices and served over rice, Domoda is a hearty and satisfying meal that embodies the warmth and hospitality of Gambian cuisine.


2 lbs (0.9 kg) beef, lamb, or chicken, cut into chunks

1 cup peanut butter

2 onions, chopped

3 tomatoes, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooked rice for serving


In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until softened. Add the meat or fish to the pot and brown on all sides. Stir in the diced tomatoes, ground ginger, ground coriander, ground cumin, and cayenne pepper (if using). Cook for a few minutes until the spices are fragrant. Add the peanut butter to the pot and stir until it is melted and well combined with the other ingredients. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover the pot and let the Domoda simmer for about 1-2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the Domoda hot over cooked rice.


Enjoy Domoda as a main course, accompanied by steamed rice or couscous. Garnish with chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro for an extra burst of flavor. This hearty dish is perfect for sharing with family and friends, and it's sure to transport you to the bustling markets of Gambia with every bite.

Domoda is more than just a meal it's a celebration of Gambian culture and tradition. With its rich and flavorful peanut sauce, it's no wonder why Domoda is a beloved dish in West Africa and beyond.