Traditional Dish Recipe: Plasas

Plasas is traditional Gambian food. They cook it with different type of leaves (potato, casava, etc.). You can either cook it with meat, fish or without it. It is usually served with rice or fufu. In Aku tribe, it is commonly served with fufu on ceremonies. Plasas is a nutritious dish and has many health benefits.


  • Palm oil
  • Peanut butter – 3 to 4 spoons
  • Red peppers (Chili or Kanni)
  • Salt
  • Jimbo – seasonal spices
  • Onion or Spring Onions
  • Ogiri*
  • Meat (Smoked fish, steamed fish, cow skin, cow belly)
  • Bitter tomato
  • Okra


  1. Wash and cut the meat into bite-size portions.
  2. Put in pot, add water, peanut butter and salt. Bring it to boil. 
  3. After about 20 minutes, add chopped onions, peppers, ogiri, little bit of palm oil and cassava leaves.
  4. Continue cooking until water evaporates.
  5. Add steamed or smoked fish.
  6. Stir, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve it with rice or fufu.

You can mix up to 7 different leaves.


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