Gambian Food + local recipes

Gambian food

Gambian food and drinks at Footsteps are available all day every day from our bar/restaurant & open-view kitchen. Snacks and delicious local and European meals with fresh local produce.

Our cooking uses a lot of fresh herbs. which, combined with locally grown vegetables, are lovingly prepared by three inspired chefs to make your holiday one to remember.

Food that tastes as good as it looks!

We are proud of our chefs and our Gambian food menu at Footsteps.

And that our food and drinks are sourced locally from reputable suppliers. 

Our menus vary each day to use the freshest seasonal produce. 

Fruit and vegetables are bought from neighbouring farmers. And our bread is baked early morning by local bakers. 

The local Senfu is just like a warm French baguette. 

Indeed, much of our produce is grown by our gardeners Lamin and Susan at the lodge. Then delivered to our open-view kitchen just moments before your food is prepared.

Now, doesn’t that sound tempting?

Gambia food video, don’t watch it if you already feel hungry

What is the food in The Gambia like?

Our European food benefits from the wonderful quality and freshness that comes from a climate of long sunny days and plentiful water.

Gambian food dishes are full of flavour and usually a little spicy. 

Like Domada (a peanut and chilli stew), Yassa (a mustard and onion sauce) and Benachin (which is similar to risotto).

Whatever your food preference you’re going to love the food at Footsteps. 

Our chefs are experienced professionals who can cater for food allergies, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and of course meat-eaters too!

Example lunchtime menus and our evening menus are designed by Yahya our head chef each day for freshness and variety 😋

To eliminate the handling of menus and for your safety, these are available as downloads

Gambian lunch menu
Gambia lunchtime food & drinks menu 2022/2023

Exchange rates currently are 70/ £ and 60 dalasi / €

Local Gambian Breakfast
Breakfast fruits


After a great night’s sleep find tea, coffee, and fresh local juices waiting for you at the bantaba. Then choose from our healthy food options of fresh local fruits, smoothies, muesli, and homemade jams. Enjoy a traditional English breakfast of local eggs, bacon, and sausages with grilled tomatoes, your perfect start to each morning while on holiday.

Gambia food | Calamari
Food and drink taste better in good company


Available from noon till 4 pm, we offer a varied selection of Gambia food including Vegan and Vegetarian. Filled baguettes, light bites such as hummus and olives, and salads. If your appetite needs a little more satisfaction we serve homemade quarter-pounder burgersPicnic lunches can be arranged on request.

Gambia food Dinner in gambia
Dinner of Lamb


Each evening we present a three-course a la carte menu offering a choice of two starters, three main courses and two desserts. All menus serve vegetarian, meat, fish, and European and Gambian food from which to choose.

Starters & desserts are  £4

 Main courses are between  £7 and £10 

Buffets and BBQs every week!

Gambian food recipes to try at home

Here are some for you to try 😋 For vegetarian versions of these traditional dishes just don’t add meat and add a few more veggies..

Gambian food


  • 1 chicken, cut into pieces
  • 3 chillies, diced
  • 6 large onions, diced
  • 4 Maggi cubes
  • 3 tablespoons mustard
  • 10 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 2 tablespoon peanut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Now make it

  1. In a bowl prepare the marinade by mixing all the ingredients together bar the oil. Crush the Maggi before adding it to aid in the mixing.
  2. Allow the mix to sit in the fridge overnight preferably.
  3. Heat oil in a large non stick pan.
  4. Fry the chicken one piece at a time until golden brown and set aside.
  5. Add marinade and juices back to the pan along with the chicken.
  6. Stirring constantly simmer for 45 minutes, the chicken should be cooked throughout and the onions soft and yellow.
  7. Serve with white rice.
Gambia food | Soso beans
Soso beans


  • Dried black eyed beans
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 4 diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 oz tomato paste
  • 3 oz (85 g) of cheese (any)
  • Diced chilli (add to your taste)
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Now make it

  1. Pre-soak beans for 1-2 hours.
  2. In a frying pan, heat your oil and add the diced onion. When onion is beginning to soften add the chilli and minced garlic. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomato puree and diced tomato. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add black eyed beans and a half cup of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Present as the picture above topped with cheese and fresh basil.
Gambia Benachin


  • Fish or meat
  • 500 ml of peanut oil
  • 200 grams carrot & aubergine
  • 1/2 cabbage
  • 3 chillies
  • 500 grams rice
  • 1 large onion
  • 100 grams tomatoes
  • 1 litre water
  • 2 bay leaves & 2 Maggi cubes

Now make it

  1. Deep fry meat and set aside
  2. Add onions, tomatoes & cayenne to hot oil
  3. Add water, Maggi cubes, chillies, bay leaves & veg
  4. Simmer for 30 mins
  5. As veg cooks, remove & keep warm
  6. Add rice to pan & stir well
  7. Bring to boil & then reduce to simmer for 25 minutes
  8. season with salt and pepper
  9. Serve as above
Gambian Peanut Stew | Domada
Peanut Stew | Domada


  • 2 cups of peanut butter ( homemade is best )
  • Half a kilo of meat or chicken
  • 2 hot chillies ( Kani are best )
  • 2 large onions ( Chopped )
  • 1 kg fresh tomatoes ( Tinned works too )
  • 1 tablespoon of pureed tomato
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • Half a medium white cabbage
  • 1 medium butternut squash cubes into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 lemon and 1 lime juiced
  • 2 Maggi cubes
  • A quarter cup of oil
  • Enough water to cover and simmer

Now make it

  1. In a large pan, heat the oil and brown the meat and onions.
  2. Once brown add the pureed tomato and cook for 3 mins.
  3. Add vegetables, chillies, garlic and Maggi.
  4. cover with water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and add some water to the peanut butter until the paste thins.
  6. Add the paste to the cooking pot and stir.
  7. Simmer for an hour.
  8. If the sauce gets too thick just add some more water.
  9. Serve with rice.
Tapalapa | Local Gambian bread
Tapalapa | Local Gambian bread


  • Wheat flour 800 g
  • Corn flour 100g
  • Millet flour 50g
  • Baking yeast 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder 1 teaspoon
  • Salt 2 teaspoons
  • Sugar 1 tablespoon
  • Coldwater 0.6 litre
  • A small cup of water

Now make it

  1. Mix all flours, yeast and baking powder
  2. Add salt to the cold water and dissolve
  3. Slowly add the salted water to the flour mix, kneading constantly.
  4. Kneading is finished when an elastic dough is formed.
  5. Leave the covered dough in a dark place for 1 hour.
  6. Separate dough into equal pieces ( approx 250 g each )
  7. Roll into baguettes.
  8. Cover and leave to rest for 1 hour in a dark place.
  9. Score each baguette with 3 lines.
  10. Dissolve sugar in your water and paint each baguette.
  11. Add bread to a hot oven ( 200 degrees C )
  12. Bake for 35 minutes remove and allow to cool before eating.