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Togolese cuisine

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Street food in Lomé.

Togolese cuisine is the cuisine of the Togolese Republic, a country in Western Africa. Staple foods in Togolese cuisine include maize, rice, millet, cassava, yam, plantain and beans.[1][2] Maize is the most commonly consumed food in the Togolese Republic.[1] Fish is a significant source of protein. People in Togo tend to eat at home, but there are also restaurants and food stalls.[3]

Foods and dishes[edit]

Fufu (left) and palm nut soup (right).
Ablo, a maize-based food

Togolese style is often a combination of African, French, and German influences.[2][4] The cuisine has many sauces and different types of pâté, many of which are made from eggplant, tomato, spinach, and fish.[2] The cuisine combines these foods with various types of meat and vegetables to create flavorful dishes.[2] Roadside food stands sell foods such as groundnuts, omelettes, brochettes, corn-on-the-cob, and cooked prawns.[3]

Additional foods and dishes include:

  • Agouti,[3] known as "grasscutters".
  • Akpan,[5] fermented maize dessert.
  • Baguette bread[3]
  • Chili peppers are often used as a spice[1]
  • Fufu is very common,[2][3] made from peeled and boiled yams which are then pounded with a pestle until reaching a dough consistency.[3] Fufu is typically accompanied with sauces.[3]
  • Goat meat.[3]
  • Koklo meme, grilled chicken with a chili sauce.[2]
  • Kokonte, a pâté made from cassava[3]
  • Pâté, a commonly consumed cornmeal cake.[4]
  • Peanuts
  • Riz sauce d’arachide, a rice dish made with groundnut sauce.[2]
  • Akume, prepared from ground maize served with a side, usually okra soup.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Dyfed Lloyd The Recipes of Africa. Dyfed Lloyd Evans. p. 138.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Togo (Togolese Recipes)." Healthy-life.narod.ru. Accessed July 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Togolese cuisine". Oxfam. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  4. ^ a b c d "Sharing the Secrets of Togo's Cuisine." Madison.com. Accessed July 2011.
  5. ^ "L'akpan le yaourt végétal béninois qui a du potentiel". archive.wikiwix.com. Archived from the original on 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2020-04-10.

External links[edit]

External videos
video icon Ablotò: Preparing Ablo in Assahoun, Togo. (Cuisine togolaise)
  • Togo Food from Culinary Encyclopedia by ifood.tv