DIY Recipes: How to make cassava ampesi with abomu

This is a popular Ghanaian food enjoyed in almost every part of the country.

Cassava ampesi with Abomu

It is rich in carbohydrates and other nutrients and also makes for a perfect dinner.



  • For the Ampsei:

4 tubers of Cassava

Salt to taste


  • For the Abomu:

400g of Organic Spinach or Cocoyam leaves or Kontomire

1 sliced large Onion

20g of Pettie Belle Chillies (Kpakposhito)

185g of Salted Fish (Koobi)

150g of tinned Sardines in Tomato sauce

30ml of Zomi or Palm oil

Salt to taste


  • Preparing Ampesi

Peel the cassava into a cooking pot.

Wash them thoroughly and put them into another cooking pot.

Add a reasonable amount of salt.

Boil over high heat for about 10 minutes.

Pour out the water and set aside

The ampesi is ready

  • Preparing the Abomu

Wash the kontomire leaves well, remove the stalk from the vine and place them in a pot.

Add the tomatoes, onion, pepper and koobi to the pot and add just enough water to steam.

Steam until the tomatoes, onions and kontomire leaves are tender. Turn off the heat and keep any remaining water left after the steaming.

Place the chilli, onion and a piece of the koobi in an asanka (earthenware mortar) and mash it with the pestle.

Add the tomatoes to the mortar. Mash until it is well incorporated with the onion mixture.

Add the kontomire and mash well into the mixture. If it is too thick, loosen it up with a bit of water from the steaming process.

Add salt to taste.

Heat palm oil and pour it on the mashed ingredients.

Serve the sauce with the boiled cassava.


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