How to Prepare Benachin the Gambian National Dish

Benachin is a popular Gambian dish that is prepared in a pot. It consists of rice, vegetables, and meat cooked together.


  • ½ chicken (cut into pieces)
  • ½ pounds of boneless beef
  • 3 cups of rice
  • 4 average size onion (peeled and diced)
  • 2 large tomato (chopped)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 2 hot peppers (minced)
  • 3 teaspoons tomato puree.
  • 1 ½ cups of vegetable oil
  • 2 bell peppers (minced)
  • 1 large eggplant (chopped)
  • ½ small cabbage (chopped)
  • 6 cups of water
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Vinegar

Instructions for Preparing Benachin

  1. Put pieces of chicken and meat in a bowl.
  2. Season the meat with salt, black pepper, garlic, and a pinch of vinegar, then leave undisturbed for thirty 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a large pot, add the vegetable oil and fry the chicken until golden brown on all sides.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, take it out, set aside, and then brown the meat in the same pot.
  5. Add the onion to the beef and cook until brown.
  6. Add the tomatoes and tomato puree with the minced hot peppers.
  7. Mix these ingredients and cook for fifteen (0:15) minutes.
  8. Pour in the water and bring to a boil.
  9. Add the chicken to the pot.
  10. Add chopped cabbage, chopped eggplant, and bay leaf to the pot.
  11. Sprinkle salt to taste.
  12. Using a large spoon, dish out the pieces of vegetables and chicken, then set them aside.
  13. Rinse the raw rice in cold water and then add it to the pot.
  14. Add sliced bell ​​peppers and bring to a boil.
  15. Reduce heat and let the ingredients simmer.
  16. When the liquid is absorbed and the rice softens, please turn off the heat and place it on a serving plate.
  17. Place the chicken and vegetables over the rice and meat.
  18. Serve hot!


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