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Licia Brobbey, STYLEAFRIQUE™•com March 6, 2024

9 Sierra Leonean foods that you must try now

Sierra Leone, a West African country, has a rich culinary heritage influenced by African, European, and Lebanese cultures.  The cuisine primarily uses locally grown crops like root vegetables, leafy greens, and spicy peppers, with palm oil being a common cooking ingredient.  Sierra Leonean cuisine offers a unique and delicious experience, with 9 must-try traditional dishes to tantalize your taste buds. STYLEAFRIQUE™•com takes a look at 9 must-try traditional dishes that will tantalize your taste buds and take you on a culinary journey through Sierra Leone.

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Groundnut Soup

Groundnut Soup, a popular Sierra Leonean dish, is a creamy soup made from groundnuts, tomatoes, onions, and peppers. It's often served with chicken, beef, or fish and is a protein and nutrient-rich option.

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Cassava Leaf Stew (Plasas)

Cassava Leaf Stew, also known as Plasas in Sierra Leonean cuisine, is a hearty stew made from cassava leaves cooked with meat, fish, or seafood, often served with rice or fufu.

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Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice, a beloved West African dish in Sierra Leonean culture, is cooked in a tomato-based sauce with onions, peppers, and spices. It can be enjoyed alone or paired with grilled meat, fish, or fried plantains.

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Pemahun

Pemahun is a healthy Sierra Leone dish made from sweet potato leaves, garden eggs, and okra. It's a simple one-pot steamed rice dish, perfect for pairing with fish, beef, chicken, or any condiment. The dish's popularity stems from its proximity to the sea.

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Fufu

Fufu, a popular food in tropical Africa, is prepared using fermented cassava in Sierra Leone. The cassava is soaked, pounded, and fermented before being cooked into a paste. It's served with soups and African dishes like plasas and groundnut stew.

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Yebe

Yebe is a Sierra Leone dish made from root vegetables, boiled and seasoned with palm oil, pepper, and protein, breaking down starch to thicken the stew.

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Akara

Akara, or Bean Cakes, is a popular street food in Sierra Leone made from black-eyed peas, seasoned with onions, peppers, and spices, and deep-fried until crispy. It's a quick and delicious snack or breakfast option.

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Fish Balls

Fish balls are popular snack foods, made from boneless fish and seasonings like cilantro, onion, garlic, potatoes, and peppers, rolled into balls and fried for personal taste.

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Coconut Cake

Sierra Leone's desserts, including the popular coconut cake, are made with coconut milk, flour, sugar, eggs, and spices, making it a beloved treat in the country.

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Licia Brobbey

Online Editor, STYLEAFRIQUE™•com

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