Taste of The Gambia: Ebbeh Recipe

Dish recipes: Ebbeh
Photo from shopafricausa.com

Experience the authentic flavors of The Gambia with Ebbeh, a traditional dish that showcases the vibrant and diverse culinary heritage of West Africa. Made with hearty grains and aromatic spices, Ebbeh is a delicious and nourishing meal that brings warmth and comfort to any table.


1 lb (0.45 kg) millet or sorghum grains

1/2 lb (0.23 kg) beef or lamb, cubed

1 onion, chopped

2 tomatoes, diced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish


Rinse the millet or sorghum grains thoroughly and drain. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until softened. Add the cubed beef or lamb to the pot and brown on all sides. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, ground ginger, ground coriander, and ground cayenne pepper (if using). Cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes start to break down. Add the rinsed grains to the pot and stir to combine with the other ingredients. Pour in enough water to cover the grains by about 2 inches. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 45-60 minutes, or until the grains are tender and cooked through. Stir in the peanut butter until it is well incorporated into the Ebbeh. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the Ebbeh hot, garnished with fresh parsley or cilantro.


Enjoy Ebbeh as a hearty and satisfying meal on its own, or serve it alongside grilled fish or chicken for a complete West African feast. This comforting dish is perfect for sharing with loved ones and celebrating the rich culinary traditions of The Gambia.

Ebbeh is more than just a dish it's a symbol of community, tradition, and the vibrant spirit of West Africa. With its wholesome ingredients and aromatic spices, Ebbeh is sure to become a favorite in your home and transport you to the sunny shores of The Gambia with every bite.