Métita tchié

A traditional Cameroonian appetiser.


  1. Rinse the beans and boil them in a pot of water.

  2. Peel the potatoes, wash them and soak in salted water.

  3. When the beans are cooked, drain and rinse them.

  4. Remove the potatoes from salty water and cook them in fresh water until they’re soft.

  5. Add palm oil and red paprika and mix well.

  6. Add beans and stir.

  7. Using a large spoon lightly mash the beans.

  8. Serve in a round bowl after letting the dish cool down a bit.

  • Ingreedients: 5
  • Number of persons: 4
  • Non-available ingredients
  • This recipe has been published in the cookbook Taste of Home.


  • ½ kg red beans
  • ½ kg potatoes
  • 1 l palm oil
  • red paprika
  • salt

About author

Ateba came to Croatia from southern Cameroon, where he was persecuted for expressing his political opinions. After participating in election monitoring and a refusal to sign the rigged results, he and other observers were beaten by the army and the police. Given that there are no guarantees for a fair trial due to the overall control of the President, he decided to leave the country. He’s been in Croatia for two years. For 16 months he lived in the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers in Dugave, and after 12 months he received a subsidiary protection. Recently he moved from Zagreb. Although under protection, Ateba constantly lives in uncertainty and fear for his life. He wishes happiness for himself and others around him.


About country


Today's Republic of Cameroon was created in 1961, after a bloody rebellion, through the merger of the former British and former French colonies. After 20 years of one-party repressive rule, it was replaced by a multi-party system with very limited freedom of speech. Political opponents and members of the opposition are often detained and subjected to torture. This practice is most common since 1982 and coming to power of Paul Biya.

Cameroon is struggling with one of the most rampant corruptions in the world and the development of the country is continuously hampered. Although Cameroon is known for its religious tolerance, in the northern parts of the country bordering northern Nigeria there is growing activity of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Cameroon has a low rate of emigration, about 0.15 per thousand inhabitants per year.