Prepare  time: 15 mins       Cook: 25mins      Ready in: 40mins

Gboma dessi is a recipe from one the smallest countries in africa. It is really a sauce. It is also called “sauce feuille” in reference to the spinach leaves (feuilles in French). Once prepared, the sauce can be served with meat, shrimp, crab or smoked fish.

While preparing Gboma Dessi, you can choose any type of beef, or meat. The gboma dessi can be used with various sides such as white rice.  Ablo and akoumé, which are quite similar, are kind of dumplings that serve as staples in West African cuisine. They may seem rather bland or tasteless at first, but they are used primarily to absorb the flavors of saucy dishes like this one.

Ingredients

      1. 1 lb spinach
      2. 2 lb beef, cut into large cubes
      3. 3 onions, thinly sliced
      4. 3 garlic cloves, minced
      5. 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
      6. 2 chicken bouillon cubes
      7. 5 tablespoons palm oil (or vegetable oil)
      8. 2 hot peppers
      9. 1 14 oz can of tomato sauce
      10. Gbotemi spice blend (cloves, anise,
      11. Ajwain
      12.  cardamom seeds roasted and ground then mixed with ground ginger)
      13. Salt
      14. Pepper

Preparation

  1. In a pressure cooker with a little oil, saute an onion, a clove of garlic and ginger for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the meat, salt, pepper and 1 cube of chicken bouillon. Cover with water.
  3. Close the pressure cooker. Cook over high heat to build up the pressure until the first whistle.
  4. Then reduce heat and cook for 45 minutes (or more depending on the meat and the pressure cooker).
  5. Remove the meat from the pan, drain and place in a bowl.
  6. Keep the broth in the pot. Season the meat with gbotemi.
  7. While the meat is cooking, wash the spinach leaves.
  8. Boil in salted boiling water for 15 minutes, then cut into thin slices.
  9. Sauté 2 onions and 2 cloves garlic in a saucepan with remaining palm oil (or vegetable oil).
  10. Add the tomato puree. Stir regularly for at least 15 minutes.
  11. Season with pepper, 1 cube of bouillon, hot peppers.
  12. Add the broth to the pot. Boil over medium heat for 20-25 minutes.
  13. Add drained spinach leaves, then meat. Simmer for at least 15-20 minutes.

Recipe of Akoumé

Ingredients

      1. 1/2 cup maize flour
      2. 1 cup regular all-purpose flour
      3. 1/3 cup potato starch

Preparation

  1. In a saucepan, pour 2 cups of water. Add maize flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
  2. Bring to a boil, add the wheat flour and stir vigorously.
  3. Dilute starch potato in 1 cup of water. Pour into pan.
  4. Stir vigorously for 2-3 minutes. Cover the pot and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Once the dough ready, it’s time to shape. To do this, take a ball of dumpling and place it in an empty bowl. Rotate the bowl a few times to obtain a uniform ball.
Gboma Dessi & Akoume
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