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Alternative namesAttiéké, akyeke
CourseSide dish
Place of originSouthern Côte d'Ivoire, Western Ghana
Region or stateWest Africa
Main ingredientsFermented and grated cassava
Nutritional value
(per serving)
Protein g
Fat0.1 g
Carbohydrate84 g

Acheke,[1] also spelled Attiéké (Ivory Coast), "Attcheke" or Akyeke (Ghana), is a side dish made from cassava, and is a popular and traditional cuisine in West Africa.[2] The dish is prepared from fermented cassava pulp that has been grated or granulated.[3][4] Dried attiéké is also prepared, which is similar in texture to couscous.[4]

Attcheke is an Ivorian delicacy which is prepared by the Ivorian people and more particularly the people from the SouthEast region of Ivory Coast. It is made from grated cassava that is fermented,[5][6][7] and is flavorful when eaten with fried fish with ground pepper garnished with chopped pepper and onion with a little seasoning for taste added with palm oil to give it a yellowish look and different taste. One can also eat akyeke with smoked fish and stew. It can be served with soup as well.

Preparation method[edit]

The cassava is peeled, grated and mixed with a small amount of cassava that was previously fermented which is the starter. (The starter has different names depending on the ethnic group that produces it: mangnan Ebrié lidjrou in Adjoukrou and bêdêfon in Allandjan.) The paste is left to ferment for one or two days. Once the fermentation time is over and the hydrocyanic acid that exists in a large proportion in natural cassava has been removed, the pulp is dewatered, screened, and dried, and then the final cooking is done by steaming the pulp. After a few minutes of cooking, the attiéké is ready for consumption.[8] It is best served with grilled fish and pepper or tomato.[3]

Attiéké sold at markets is usually precooked and can be heated for about 10 minutes in a microwave at 750W.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kewellen Dolley , "Acheke, A Tasty West African Dish" Archived May 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine,, October 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ivory Coast seeks protected status for staple cassava dish". Yahoo! News. AFP. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Attieke from the Western Region". Pulse Gh. 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  4. ^ a b Sanni, L.O.; et al. (June 2009). Successes and challenges of cassava enterprises in West Africa: a case study of Nigeria, Benin and Sierra Leone. IITA. p. 6. ISBN 978-9781313400. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  5. ^ Owens, J.D. (2015). Indigenous Fermented Foods of Southeast Asia. Fermented Foods and Beverages Series. CRC Press. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-4398-4481-6. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Utlley, I. (2010). Ghana - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture. Culture Smart!. Kuperard. ISBN 978-1-85733-604-7. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Oppong, C.; Oppong, Y.P.A.; Odotei, I.K. (2006). Sex and Gender in an Era of AIDS: Ghana at the Turn of the Millennium. Culture and development series. Sub-Saharan Publishers. ISBN 978-9988-550-55-4. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  8. ^ James J. Singleton. African Cooking: The Most Delicious African Food Recipes with Simple and Easiest Directions and Mouth Watering Taste. 2014. ASIN:B00OL1QXFU

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