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National dish of Sierra Leone

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  • Independence: 19. 4. 1971
  • Capital: Freetown
  • Official language: English
  • Population: 6 190 280
  • Area: 71 740 km2
  • International code: SL
  • Currency: Leone (SLL)
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Groundnut stew


  • 1 pound stewing meat
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup Groundnut paste (Peanut butter)
  • 1/2 tsp. "Mrs. Dash" seasoning
  • 1 large Onion, chopped or sliced
  • 1 large pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, optional
  • salt to taste
Groundnut stew is national food (dish) of Sierra Leone


Season meat. Let it absorb for three hours. Brown meat in oil. Add some water and simmer until tender. Remove and set aside. In the same oil, sauté pepper and onions. Add tomatoes and stir briskly. Mix Groundnut paste with 1/2 cup water to form a thin paste and add to stew. Stir, add meat, salt to taste and let simmer 15 minutes over low heat. Serve with rice, boiled yam, cassava and green vegetable.


Rice is the staple and is combined with different stews. The stew is usually veggies and some kind of meat. such as: Cassava leaves, ground nut, and spinach just to name a few. This is a traditional dish from Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone is divided into 13 counties, but they have a rather unified cuisine, with variations in the big cities and on the ocean coast. On the coastal areas, fish is the most consumed meat and it is served with rice – plain or mixtures of rice and veggies. In the South-East of Sierra Leone, the Mende people are focused on rice meals. All through the country, the desserts and sweet meals or drinks include one of the basic agricultural products, the cocoa. In the capital, Freetown, there are many snack bars and restaurants which include European, American and traditional African food. Due to the fact that the capital is found on the Atlantic coast, there is a wide selection of seafood and fish dishes, including the traditional lobster and shrimp. Another cuisine that is found in the capital is the Lebanese one, due to the fact that there is a wide community of Lebanese people in this region.

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