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Goat Gari Pinon

Goat Gari Pinon

The short way to describe the Pinon (or Eba) as fufu made with Gari (Gali). Gari is a west African made with grated cassava and have a finer consistency then the regular couscous. Gari can be used to make GariFoto (Galifoto), GariDochi (GaliDossi) or just be consumed with an cooked black beans and palm oil,  okra stew, tomato stew, goat meat stew, Ademe, egusi soup …

Gari Pinon (or Eba) is Gari cooked in hot tomato broth. In some West African countries like benin and Ghana, the Gari is cooked on a medium heat but in Togo the gari is added to the hot broth (A Si Pinon). The gari soaks up the flavor of the tomato broth.

Traditionally the meat (chicken, goat, or beef) is boiled with spices (garlic, ginger, paprika…bouillon cube, salt) to tenderize it and the broth of the meat is use to cook the Gari Pinon. I use goat meat for my Pinon and serve it with some pepper, a quick tomato and onion cooked mixture and the fry goat meat.

1 kg goat meat

1 onion 

1 tablespoon ginger 

2 cloves

2 whole all spice

3 tablespoon garlic

1 cube


Mix all ingredients, add water and cook for 1 hour.

Remove the goat meat from the stock and fry until golden. Set aside

1/4 cup oil

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tomato puree

1 cube

Goat stock


On a medium heat, in a saucepan with the goat stock.

Add the paste tomato, tomato, and cube

Add the gari the hot broth gradually stirring vigorously until obtaining a homogeneous paste (Pinon).

1 onion

2 tablespoons oil

4 tomatoes

salt according to your taste

1 tablespoon cube

Cut the onion in half, mince very finely and set aside in a bowl

Cut the tomatoes in half and slice very thinly

On a medium heat , in a saucepan, heat the oil and add the onion.Cook for 10 mins

Add tomatoes, cube taste and add salt if necessary.

1/4 cup oil

1 onion

10 bonnet pepper scotch 

Salt to taste

Heat the oil and add the crushed pepper and onion, Add salt to taste. Cook for a min or  2

Serve the Pinon with the tomato mixture, goat meat and pepper

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Okra Soup (FétriDessi)

Okra Soup
Okra Soup (FetriDessi) is one of the most popular and easy-to-prepare West African soups. The setup takes a lot of time. The okra needs to be washed and grated; the leaves (Gboma or Ogbono) needs to be washed and cut them roughly. Subsequently prepare the meat, smoked or dried fish and shellfish. Once the setup is finished, cooking is fast.
The Okra Soup can be prepared with mutton, beef, chicken or pork. Here is the step by step to cook the meat. For fish, we can use smoked Mackerel, fried tilapia, douevi … for crustaceans, we can use crab, octopus, crayfish, shrimp …
Okra is a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins, as well as a low-calorie vegetable. Known in most West African countries as Okro and French speaking countries as gumbo. I used red oil for recipe. You can also cook the okra with tomato sauce or cook the okra dry.
Serve hot Okra soup with Makoume, Ewokoume, Ougali (Ugali), Ablo (ou Ablo simplified), Kenkey (ou Kenkey simplified), gari or rice.

Fétri dessi (Okra Soup)

  • ½ lbs chopped goat
  • 1/4 lbs beef skin
  • To season the meat
  • 1/2 sliced onion
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 cube
  • 1 Bay leave
  • Salt to taste
  • 2½ cups of freshly chopped Okra
  • 10 fresh shrimps
  • 2 fresh crabs
  • 1 piece of salted fish (Lanhounhoun)
  • 5 Douèvi
  • 2 chopped Habanero peppers
  • 1 cup of palm oil
  • 2 tsp dry grounded pepper or chili flakes
  • 2 cup meat stock
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 cube
  • Salt to taste
  1. Mix the meat and the spices and add enough water to cover the meat. Cook until the meat is tender. PS the beef skin may cook faster that the goat meat, remove it and set aside.
  2. Fry the goat meat
  3. Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Add the baking soda.
  4. Then add the Okra, 1/2 onion + 1 piece of salted fish and the 1 cup meat stock.
  5. Mix together 1 cup meat stock with 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 tablespoon paprika and 1 cube.
  6. Add the shrimp, crabs and the seasoning mixture.
  7. Add the hot pepper, Douèvi , beef skin and the goat meat and stir well.
  8. Let the soup cook uncovered for about 5-10minutes. Check for seasonings and add the palm oil.

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Simple Egusi Soup

Goat meat:

2 lbs goat meat

1 small onion

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoons ginger powder

1 tablespoons cube

Salt and Black Pepper

In a medium saucepan mix all the ingredients and add enough water to cover the meat

Cook until the meat is tender; add water as needed

Remove the meat from the stock, fry until golden and set aside

Egusi Soup:

1 cup red palm oil

1 large onion

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 tablespoon paste tomato

1/4 pound Egusi, ground

2 cups tomato puree

3 cups liquid (the meat stock + 2 cups water)

3 habanero peppers

2 pounds spinach, precooked and chopped

Salt, pepper, and cube

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions. Sauté the onion until it is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomato paste and the Egusi.


Cook for ~3 mins, add the tomato puree, the stock, and the water

Cook for ~3 mins, add the meat, the habanero peppers, and the spinach

Keep simmering on medium-heat approximately 10 minutes.

Adjust the taste if needed (salt, pepper, and cube)

Serve warm with plantains, eba, yams or accompaniment of choice.


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Guinea Fowl Tomato stew & Plain Okra soup

Guinea Fowl Tomato stew

1 Guinea Fowl (Cut into parts)
1 medium sized Onion, chopped
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon Ginger
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Seasoning Cubes
Salt to taste

7 medium plum Tomatoes
1 medium Red bell pepper
1 Onion
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 Seasoning Cubes
Pinch of baking Soda
4 Scotch Bonnet

Wash the Guinea Fowl severally with clean water. Add the chopped onion, Crushed seasoning and Salt to taste. Pour in just enough water to cover the content of the pot. Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the Guinea Fowl is cooked. Fry and Set the pot aside. Strain the stock and set aside.

Blend Tomatoes, bell pepper and Onion until smooth. Strain the mixture and add 1 cup of water (and the stock as needed). Add the tomato paste and vegetable oil.Cook for about 5 mins. Make sure you stir once in a while to prevent the paste from burning.

Add the baking soda, cube and scotch bonnet and cook for 5 mins.
Add the Guinea Fowl. Stir and leave to cook further for 10 -15 minutes on medium heat.
Turn off the burner and serve as a compliment to dishes such as akoumè, rice, yam, potatoes, bread, plantain.

Plain Okra soup

10 medium Okra – Mine was precut and frozen.
1 cup Stock (Chicken/Beef/Fish or a mixture) – I used the Guinea Fowl stock
1 cup smoked fish (Doèvi) + 1 Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 Onion sliced
1 cup of spinach chopped
2 Scotch Bonnet
10 shrimps, cleaned
1 Seasoning Cube
Salt to taste
Wash the Okra with clean water. With a grater, Grate the Okra. Grating okra makes it “draw” more unlike when you chop it with a knife.
Boil 4 cups of water and the stock and add the smoked fish (until soft).

Add the okra seasoning cubes and salt to taste.

Add the shrimp and leave to cook on medium heat for 10 minutes (The longer you cook it the less slumy it becomes – I cooked mine for 30 mins)

Serve with akoumè.