Gambia Food & local recipes

Gambia food and drinks at the Footsteps Restaurant are available all day every day from our bar and restaurant. Snacks and delicious local and European meals with fresh local produce.

Our cuisine uses lots of fresh herbs. which, combined with locally grown produce, are lovingly prepared by inspired chefs to make your holiday in The Gambia one to remember.

Food Yassa
Gambian Food | Yassa

We are proud of our chefs and our Gambian menu at Footsteps. And that our Gambia food and drinks are sourced locally from reputable suppliers. Our menus vary each day to use 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 gardener Papa at the lodge and delivered to our open-view kitchen just moments before your food is prepared.

Fresh Atlantic Prawns
Atlantic prawns

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Fresh meals from buffets to a la carte

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

Gambian food dishes are full of flavour, usually a little spicy, like Domada (a peanut and chili stew), Yassa (a mustard and onion sauce) and Benachin (which is similar to a risotto).

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

Example daytime drinks menu
Drinks anyone!
Example lunchtime menu
Snacks and lunchtime delights!
Breakfast
Breakfast fruits

Breakfast

Wake up and 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

Lunch

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 satisfying we serve homemade quarter-pounder burgersPicnic lunches can be arranged on request.

Dinner
Dinner of Lamb

Dinner

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, European and Gambian food from which to choose. Starters and desserts are 200D (approx £3 ) and main courses are between 395D (approx £6 ) and 595D(approx £9 ) . We hold local buffets and BBQs every week (around a fire including local music).

Gambia food recipes to try at home

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

Food Yassa
Yassa

Ingredients

  • 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

Ingredients

  • 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.
Benachin
Benachin

Ingredients

  • 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 7 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
Peanut Stew| Domada
Peanut Stew | Domada

Ingredients

  • 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 the 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

Ingredients

  • 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 breads to a hot oven ( 200 degrees C )
  12. Bake for 35 minutes remove and allow to cool before eating.

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