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january 25: ghana

Grilled Tilapia and Yam and Plantain Fufu

The seasoning for the fish, which is also used for shrimp in Ghana cuisine, was fabulous. Simple, light, and tasty. I used red peppers for both the bell and the spicy, but next time I make it, I will determine pepper color by what else I am serving. As it was, the meal was a little orange. Traditionally, the fish is grilled whole. I could not find a whole tilapia, so I substituted fillets. The lack of grill marks is due to a lack of gas for our grill, which petered out before it got fully hot. I pan seared the fish in oil. It was still excellent, so I can imagine how good it would be grilled! Fufu, a West African staple, can best be described as a starchy mashed potato (or mashed yam or mashed rice or mashed cassava) dish. It is made by pounding the cooked vegetables, but I cheated with a food processor.


Grilled Tilapia

  • 1 small bell pepper, any color
  • 1 small spicy pepper (I used Thai), any color
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 inch-piece ginger, peeler
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 lbs tilapia

 Blend ingredients in a food processor. Pour over fish. Marinate at least 20 minutes, up to 4 hours. Grill.


Yam and Plantain Fufu

  • 2 yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large plantain, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Add yams and plantain to a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. When vegetables are fork tender, drain, and transfer to a food processor. Add butter. Pulse until fully blended.

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Did You Know?

In Ghana people often spray paint their animals to mark ownership. Thus there are many colorful chickens and goats running around Ghana.

In Ghana, it is considered rude to use one's left hand for any interactions in public (accepting gifts, adjusting clothes, etc.)

While English is the official language, more than 70 dialects and other languages are spoken in this small (22 million people) country.




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    A helpful article, I just given this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he in fact purchased me breakfast because I found it for him. :).. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thankx for spending the time to discuss this, ...
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    Great text and nice site.
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    - One World Whisk - january 25: ghana

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