Folks who enjoy spicy food should not let that scare them off, though. The spices are used judiciously, enhancing the warm, comforting West African flavors. An excellent example is the jolloff rice and plantain with chicken stew. It’s like the dirty rice of your dreams, with a lovely depth of flavor that comes from it cooking in a tomato and pepper sauce.
Chicken drumsticks, braised to fork-tenderness, are served in a similar piquant sauce, and the starchy plantains round out a hearty meal.