Mali: Menu of Typical Dishes

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A list of typical Malinese dishes and foods. Use it to help you plan a Malinese-style meal, party or festival.

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Typical Malinese Dishes


  • Salade à la Tomates et au Cocombres (Tomato-cucumber salad)


  • Poulet Kedjennou (Chicken stewed with vegetables)
  • Poulet Yassa (Chicken with onions)


  • Diabadji (Meat in onion sauce)
  • Fakoye (Lamb in herb sauce)
  • Naboulou (Meat and baobab leaves in peanut sauce)
  • N'gougouna (Meat in bean leaf sauce)
  • Saga Saga (Meat in sweet potato leaf sauce)
  • Sauce d'Arachide (Meat in peanut sauce)
  • Sauce Noire (Meat in gumbo sauce)

Fish and Seafood

Vegetables and Beans

  • Foutou Banane (Mashed plantains)
  • Foutou Igname (Mashed yams)
  • Frites de Patates Douces (Fried sweet potatoes)
  • Goyo (Eggplant)
  • Ragoût d'Igname (Yam stew)

Breads and Grains

  • Couscous (Grain-like pasta)
  • Dégué (Sweetened yogurt porridge)
  • Fonio (Crushed wild grain)
  • Larho (Millet porridge)
  • Moni (Sour porridge)
  • Riz (Plain boiled rice)
  • Riz au Gras (Rice mixed with fat and vegetables)
  • Seri (Sweet porridge)
  • Tô (Millet or cornmeal porridge with okra sauce)


  • Mangues (Mangoes)
  • Meni-meniyong (Sesame-honey sweet)
  • Pastèque (Watermelon)


  • Café (Coffee)
  • Dablenin (Sorrel beverage)
  • Djinimbéré (Ginger beverage)
  • Té (Tea)