Recipe: Deijei

September 2nd, 2016 by | Tags: , | No Comments »

Antonia invited me once again to her home to teach me how to make another Cameroonian traditional dish.  Cameroon is often known as the breadbasket of west central Africa region.  The country grows a wide variety of vegetables and raise variety of animals.  In a good part of the country, it’s very easy to make a dish that is well balanced with all nutrients.  Deijei, a traditional Cameroonian dish, is a perfect example of a well balanced dish and is so delicious and tasty.  The dish is compromised of green beans, carrots, plantains, onions, tomatoes, chicken or any kind of meat, curry, rosemary, garlic, thyme, and maggie (dry shrimp or meat powder).  Here is the recipe on how to make it.  This recipe can serve at least five people.


  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped plantains
  • 1 full chicken (Any meat can be used)
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • 1 teaspoon maggie or any dry shrimp or meat powder
  • 2 cups palm oil for plantains and chicken and 1 cup palm oil for vegetables


  1. Chop the vegetables and put them in one bowl.
  2. Chop the plantains and put them in a separate bowl.
  3. Cut the chicken into small pieces and put them in a different bowl.
  4. Spread maggie or dry shrimp or meat powder onto the chicken.
  5. Put the chopped vegetables in a big pot with rosemary, curry, thyme, and garlic and stir fry them with 1 cup of palm oil on a low heat on the stove.
  6. Put the chopped plantains in a small pot with two cups of palm oil and let the plantains sit and fry on medium heat on the stove.
  7. While the plantains are frying, stir the chopped vegetables.
  8. Once the plantains have turned golden brown and been fried place them in a bowl and put the chopped chicken in the same pot of palm oil that was used to fry the plantains.  Let the chicken sit and fry until it becomes golden brown.
  9. While the chicken is frying, stir the chopped vegetables.
  10. Once the chicken has become golden brown, transfer them and plantains to the large pot with the vegetables.
  11. Stir all the ingredients.
  12. Once all ingredients have been well mixed, serve!

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