Taste of Senegal: Mbahal Recipe

Dish recipes: Mbahal
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Embark on a culinary journey to Senegal with Mbahal, a traditional dish that showcases the bold flavors and aromatic spices of West African cuisine. Made with fish or meat simmered in a rich peanut sauce, Mbahal is a hearty and satisfying meal that's perfect for sharing with family and friends.


2 lbs (0.9 kg) fish or meat of your choice, cut into pieces

1 cup peanut butter

2 onions, chopped

3 tomatoes, diced

2 bell peppers, sliced

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

Cooked rice or couscous for serving


In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until softened. Add the fish or meat to the pot and brown on all sides. Stir in the diced tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, ground ginger, ground coriander, and cayenne pepper (if using). Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened. 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 Mbahal simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through or the meat is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the Mbahal hot over cooked rice or couscous.


Enjoy Mbahal as a main course, accompanied by traditional Senegalese sides such as fried plantains or steamed vegetables. This flavorful dish is perfect for bringing the tastes of Senegal to your dinner table.

Mbahal is more than just a dish it's a reflection of Senegal's rich culinary heritage and vibrant culture. With its aromatic spices and creamy peanut sauce, Mbahal is sure to delight your taste buds and transport you to the bustling markets of Dakar.