The following sample recipe (Supakanja) is taken from The Gambian Cookbook. For the full list of over 80 recipes, order The Gambian Cookbook today!
Supakanja is another of The Gambia’s most famous dishes. This slightly slimy stew which incorporates fish and beef was a staple on Saturday evenings in our house (along with any leftover Domoda). Strongly recommended with an ice cold coke!
½ kilograms of Okra (lady fingers) cut into small pieces
2 Magi cubes
1-2 medium onions sliced
1 Bonga fish deboned and cleaned (smoked fish)
1 fish (snapper or lady fish ) boiled, then flaked and deboned
200g stewing beef
½ kilograms of spinach or sorrel
2-3 magi cubes
½ cup of palm oil or peanut oil
1 to 2 kani whole
7 cups of water
Salt & Red pepper to taste
- In a large pot add ½ the oil and brown off the beef, once browned add onions and cook until the onions begin to brown a little.
- Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 to 2 hours or until the mixture begins to thicken. Add remaining oil to the pot and stir. Continue to cook on a low heat until the oil comes up to the surface and you are ready to serve.
- Serve on boiled rice.