[Foodie Friday] Ndole: The irresistible Cameroonian dish

Francis Akhalbey Apr 20, 2018 at 07:26am

April 20, 2018 at 07:26 am | Foodie Friday

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

April 20, 2018 at 07:26 am | Foodie Friday

Ndole -- Photo Credit: reppic.me

On today’s instalment of #FoodieFriday, we spotlight one of Cameroon’s most popular traditional dishes, Ndole. This stew/soup is usually prepared with bitter leaves (ndole), peanuts, meat, beef and/or fish. Shrimps or prawns are also usually added. Ndole is traditionally eaten with boiled/fried plantain or bobolo (a Cameroonian dish prepared with fermented ground manioc or cassava and wrapped in leaves).

Ndole — Photo Credit: africanbites.com

Check out the recipe courtesy africanbites.com.


  • 8 oz (1 cup) Groundnuts/Peanuts(Skinless)
  • 1/2 pound shrimp
  • 1/2 pound stockfish
  • 1/2 pound Beef
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 large Onion
  • 3/4 cup Crayfish (ground)
  • 2 Tablespoons Maggi ( Bouillon)
  • 1 pound Bitter leaves (Spinach)
  • 2-3 cups oil


  • In a large pan season meat with salt, maggi and onions and boil until tender depending on the choice of meat. Meanwhile, boil stockfish with salt and water; add it to the boiled meat. You should have about 3 cups of stock from the meat and stock fish. Reserve the rest or freeze it.
  • Boil peanuts for about 10 minutes in a saucepan. Let it cool and blend/pulse in a food processor or blender into a fine consistency use water to facilitate the blending. Add to the mixture of beef and stockfish.
  • Blend one onion and garlic into a fine paste and add to the mixture of peanuts and meat.
  • Pour in the crayfish and let it simmer for 10 minutes stirring frequently to prevent burns. Season with salt and Maggi. You might have to add more later.
  • Add the bitter leaves or spinach to the pot. Stir and simmer for several minutes more
  • While the pot of ndole is simmering, heat oil in a fry pan or, preferably a cast iron. Add the shrimp, stirring constantly until they just turn pink. Slice and add the remaining onions stir for a few more minutes.
  • Finally incorporate the mixture of shrimp, onions and oil into the pot of Ndole. Stir for a few minutes and serve hot.

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