Gari Fotor Recipe: How to Prepare the Popular Ghanaian Cassava Dish

Gari fotor is a popular Ghanaian dish made from cassava dough (gari) and a flavorful stew. It is a staple in many households and is often served with fried fish or chicken. Here’s how to prepare gari fotor:


  • 2 cups of gari (cassava dough)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups of spinach or kale, chopped
  • 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth


  1. In a large bowl, mix the gari and water together until you have a smooth, even texture.
  2. Cover the bowl and let the gari sit for about 5-10 minutes to allow it to absorb the water.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger to the skillet and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
  5. Add the smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander to the skillet and stir for about 1 minute to release the flavors.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes and broth to the skillet, and stir until everything is well combined.
  7. Cover the skillet and let the mixture simmer for about 5-10 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft and the broth has reduced slightly.
  8. Add the chopped spinach or kale to the skillet and stir for another 2-3 minutes, or until the greens are wilted.
  9. Remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  10. Add the gari to the skillet and stir until everything is well combined.
  11. Serve the gari fotor with fried fish or chicken, or enjoy it on its own.


  • You can use any leafy greens of your choice in this recipe, such as collard greens, mustard greens, or Swiss chard.
  • Gari fotor can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, steam it for a few minutes until heated through.

In conclusion, preparing gari fotor is a simple and flavorful process that is perfect for a filling and nutritious meal. With some basic ingredients and a few easy steps, you can enjoy this traditional Ghanaian dish in your own home.

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