Cassava with meat side dish

This combination of fish and beef meet is a traditional dish in DR Congo.


  1. Clean the fish and cut it into three equal parts.

  2. Boil the fish in the water with beef for about 20 minutes. Add chopped onion and salt.

  3. Put the oil into the second pot. When oil heats up add the onion and sauté until golden yellow.

  4. Add okra, cleaned and chopped into smaller pieces.

  5. After 5 minutes, add the stock, salt and a bit of hot pepper. Stir and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, then add the beef, stir and let it cook until the meat is tender.

  6. After that, add the fish and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve with mashed cassava.

  7. Preheat a litre of water on the fire. When it boils, take half of it into another bowl.

  8. Keep slowly adding 400 g of cassava flour and stir with a wooden spoon.

  9. Alternately add the remaining water and flour, while stirring.

  10. Remove from heat and serve.

  • Ingreedients: 9
  • Number of persons:
  • Non-available ingredients
  • This recipe has been published in the cookbook Taste of Home.


  • 1 medium-size fish
  • 250 g beef, cut into pieces
  • 2 onions
  • 200 g okra
  • stock or stock cube
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
  • pinch of curry
  • 500 g cassava flour

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The refugee from DR Congo wasn't able to talk about his experience and the reasons for leaving his country.

About country


The history of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been marked by civil wars and corruption. It gained its independence in 1960, and in 1965, after the assassination of then Prime Minister with the help of the CIA, Joseph Mobutu assumes the power, changing the country's name to Zaire and his own name to Mobutu Sesse Seko, while the country is transformed into a launching ground for operations against the USSR-oriented Angola. In 1997, Rwandan troops invaded the area of Zaire in the pursuit of the fleeing Rwandan Hutu extremist paramilitaries, thus giving impetus to the rebels against Mobutu and soon they jointly occupied the capital Kinshasa, appointing the rebel leader Laurent Kabila as a president. Kabila changed the name of the state again to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Soon a rebellion broke out against the newly elected government, supported by Rwanda and Uganda. Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan and Zimbabwe took the side of Kabila, turning the entire country into a battlefield. The war lasted until 2003 when the Rwandan troops finally withdrew from eastern DR Congo. This war has claimed more than 4 million victims, and Congo is still one of the largest humanitarian disasters in the world. Although it possesses huge deposits of gold, diamonds and minerals, millions of people are dying from diseases and hunger caused by armed conflicts and war. Tens of thousands of women and girls have been raped, mainly in the eastern part of the state. In June 2014 border conflict broke out between the armies of DR Congo and Rwanda.

Annually, 0.3 per thousand inhabitants leave the country.