Years ago while living in West Africa, our cook taught me how to make this popular dish served in restaurants and at many cultural celebrations in West Africa. It has been a family favorite ever since.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
55 mins
1 hr 25 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook potatoes and cassava in hot oil, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer potatoes and cassava to a plate with a slotted spoon.

  • Cook and stir onion in the same hot oil until translucent; add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in diced tomatoes and tomato paste; cook until fully incorporated and hot, about 1 minute.

  • Stir water, beef, cabbage, carrots, parsley, salt, and black pepper into tomato mixture; bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cassava, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Transfer vegetables and meat with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Measure liquid in the pot, adding water as necessary to make 6 cups of liquid. Return 6 cups liquid to the pot, add rice, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot with a lid, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Spoon rice onto a platter and top with meat and vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

834 calories; protein 27.5g; carbohydrates 160.8g; fat 10.1g; cholesterol 29.9mg; sodium 866.6mg. Full Nutrition