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Cassava Bread with Fried Tilapia, Onion and Chilli Gravy- Sierra Leonean Street Food

What do I do when asked to cook a recipe from back home but I haven't got a clue of how to do it?  I enlist her royal highness, lady mother in law, the duchess of Gloucester to teach me how to do it. 

Sometime last year, a few of my followers sent me messages on Facebook asking for this cassava bread recipe.  I must say I was really chuffed that they thought I could do it.  This is the kind of street food that you have to travel miles to get but I can tell you that it is so good it is worth every leg cramp and sore butt.  

Anywho, let me show you how she did it.  The ingredients we used are:
 2 kg frozen cassava, thawed, 2 raw tilapia, 2 brown onions, 2 ghost chili, coconut oil (in Sierra Leone we use palmnut oil) salt
 Grate the cassava (we used an electric grater but a handheld one will do just fine)
 Then wrap the grated cassava in a clean towel
 and squeeze out all the excess water (we got the hubs to do the squeezing)
 then put the squeezed grated cassava in a clean bowl
 add salt to taste ( we used about 11/4 teaspoons)
line the baking tray with baking paper, then using a round cookie cutter, press the cassava firmly to form the bread.
 bake in a preheated oven (180C fan forced) for 6 minutes
 then take out of the oven, flip and return to the oven for another 4 minutes
while the cassava bread was cooking, I seasoned my fish with salt, lemon and all purpose seasoning and then fried it in vegetable oil.
 the I made the onion and chili gravy using the coconut oil.
remember the shito from two weeks ago, it also graced the occasion.  
So good, so filling, I am off to bed now.  See you later at your blog space.  If you use this recipe, let me know if you enjoyed it or not.  

If you would like me to look into any recipe for you, leave me a comment or send me a message and we will all learn how to do it together.


  1. Omg, this family dey enjoy papa!! Goodness all over the dinning table and I wasn't invited ooo. I bore ruff!!
    I'm gonna try this cassava chip. I didn't know cassava could do anything else aside fufu, ampesi and starch. Haha..


  2. Yes, I remember the cassava breads from back home! I love how you fried the fish. Everything looks so good. Thanks for telling the truth, though. There's no shame in asking for help!

  3. Yes yes...I'll be over soon...this looks wonderful :)) Happy Monday doll xx

  4. I hope you saved some for me, I love this! :) Everything looks delicious Elsie. Thanks for the post, now I'm off to do a fry up. x/M
    Star Noir

  5. This looks tasty :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays..

  6. Elsie please do you thing your mil would adopt me? I'm dead serious. My mouth is watering and I can't stop staring at the dish. How I love it. OMG, you're so lucky girl!!!! YUMMY!!


  7. Yummy! Cute tips!! Thanks for sharing:)
    Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW BEAUTY TREND POST

  8. Such good memories. I remember having this on sundays after church. Yum! Yum!

  9. How did you cook the gravy please?

    1. I used onions, fresh habanero chilli, oil and stock cubes. Heat the oil in the frying pan, then add the remaining ingredients, lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes or till the onions are soft.

    2. Hi can you please tell me how you made the shito. Please n thank you.

    3. Hi Seinya, the next post after this dated 7 February 2016 is the shito recipe. Enjoy cooking and thanks for visiting. xx


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