10 Most Popular Foods in Côte d’Ivoire

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Côte d’Ivoire, also known as the Ivory Coast, has a fascinating culture and some worth exploring spots for visitors. However, that is not the only thing that amazes people; visitors also love their food. They have some of the most diverse and delicious foods everybody must try.

In the section below, we have listed the 10 most popular foods in Côte d’Ivoire, try recipes and cook yourself or eat in restaurants.

1. Plakali

Plakali is one of the traditional cuisines of Côte d’Ivoire. It has a unique texture with stickiness and starchiness. Plakali is prepared through cassava roots. The roots are steamed and pounded before cooking. It has a sour taste that’s because of the fermentation of cassava roots. This food is served with palm nut soup or groundnut.

Recipe for plakali

2. Attieke

Attieke or fermented cassava has almost the same texture as the couscous. Like plakali, it also has a little sourness. This food is normally served with either fish or meat of plantain and cassava couscous. You can also find this food in frozen form in the local markets.

Recipe for attieke

3. Nyamanku

Nyamanku is not a food, but this mouthwatering drink is something you should not miss. This drink is made with a blend of lemon, orange, pineapple, and ground ginger roots. Along with good taste, nyamanku also has health benefits for various things.

Recipe for nyamanku

4. Chicken Kedjenou

Chicken Kedjenou is loved by both the locals and visitors. It is normally accompanied by attieke, rice, or couscous. Locals prepare this dish with chicken; however, the same recipe can be used for fish or poultry meat with tomato sauce. It is super easy to prepare.

Recipe for chicken kedjenou

5. Sauce d’Arachide

Sauce d’Arachide is a very flavorful sauce that makes dishes tastier. The sauce consists of garlic, water, peanut butter, onions, tomatoes, and hot chili peppers. It is normally used for chicken and served with white rice and fufu, etc.

Recipe for sauce d’arachide

6. Placali Sauce Okra

Pacali is made using boiling water and pouring the cassava flour into it. When the dough becomes elastic and compact, it is ready for further use. Then, serve it with okra or sauce made of meat or fish. Some locals also serve it with shrimps and peanut or palm nut sauce.

Recipe for placali sauce okra

7. Fufu

Fufu is a little difficult to prepare. It goes through various steps before the final dish. The main ingredients for fufu are cassava and plantain. It has a very stretchy and gummy texture. Its actual flavor comes from the stew, which has a little spicy taste.

Recipe for fufu

8. Sokossoko de boeuf

Sokossoko de boeuf is a delicious meal. It consists of the beef stir that is fried with tomatoes and onions. It has a quick recipe and is easy to prepare. It is normally served with rice.

Recipe for sokossoko de boeuf

9. Garba

Garba is the national dish of Côte d’Ivoire. The platter contains fried red tuna and cassava semolina as the key ingredients. While other ingredients are tomatoes, onions, flour, water, fish stock, attieke, oil, and salt and pepper. Follow the steps for preparation and get the yummy end product.

Recipe for Garba

10. Chilled Avocado Soup

The chilled avocado soup is very healthy and tasty. It is made with avocados, chicken stock or vegetable stock, lime juice, plain yogurt, tabasco sauce, and salt and pepper. It is often topped with lime slices. 

Recipe for chilled avocado soup


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