Der 24jährige Jacob Alexis Betmou von der Organisation DUCA aus Kamerun wird bis Ende August 2016 das Schulprojekt „Teller statt Tonne“ unterstützen! Im Zuge des Süd-Nord-Freiwilligendiensts von weltwärts wird Jacob vor allem den Austausch zwischen „Teller statt Tonne“ und dem „10.000 Gärten in Afrika“-Projekt weiter ausbauen. Außerdem wird er als erfahrener Gärtner auf den Projekttagen den SchülerInnen mit Rat und Tat zur Seite stehen und weiß Spannendes aus seinem Heimatland zu berichten.

Der erste Blogeintrag von Jacob dreht sich um traditionelles Essen in Kamerun – und weshalb jede Region in Kamerun eine ganz eigene traditionelle Küche besitzt. Außerdem gibt es ein leckeres Rezept aus Kochbananen: Probiert es doch mal aus und schreibt uns, wie es geschmeckt hat :)!

Traditional Food in Cameroon

In Cameroon, there is a wide variety of culinary preparations and multiple regional traditions, so it is difficult to speak of Cameroon meals specifically – a Cameroonian meal depends on its region. Indeed Cameroonian cooking reflects the cultural diversity of the country by its ethnic groups, its history and its climate.

Here we focus on „banana“. There are over 110 million tons of banana produced worldwide, approximately 3,330 kilos of bananas per second, making it one of the most consumed fruits in the world. While the whole world looks at it as fruit, in the West of Cameroon it is considered as staple. It is used as one of the traditional foods, even when it is not yet ripe. Here is a recipe with unripe banana that we call „kneaded banana“.

This was formerly considered a „poor meal“ in Cameroon, but now, it is in its rightful place in all social classes. Unripe banana is mixed with a peanut sauce and decorated with pieces of smoked fish or meat.

Ingredients for 5 people

2kg of unripe bananas, peeled and cut in half

200g shelled and crushed peanuts

2 grated tomatoes (OPTIONAL)

300g smoked fish or meat, cleaned and cut into cubes

½ liter of palm oil (or other oil of neutral flavour),

parsley, celery,

salt and pepper (optional)

1 tablespoon ginger

1 large onion, chopped

3 minced garlic cloves.

1 to 2 liters of water


Put a pot on the fire.

Heat the palm oil for a few  minutes.

Add the finely cut onion and fry until translucent

Add tomatoes (if you are using them)

Add bananas and water.

Simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring.

Add the mixture of crushed peanut, garlic, ginger, onion, parsley and celery.

Add salt and spices.

Add the smoked fish or meat cubes.

Cook over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring regularly, until cooked bananas are cooked

Foto: Tasnim Rödder, Text: Jacob Alexis Betmou

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