The United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has just included the Senegalese national dish named ‘Thiebou Dieune’ as part of its cultural heritage list.
Thiebou Dieune which is spelt ‘Ceebu jen’ in Wolof langusage is a rice, tomato sauce and fish platter famous in Senegal and considered a national dish. It is sometimes prepared with vegetables and often served at lunch. The name, ‘Thiebou dieune’ means ‘rice with fish’ in Wolof, a widely spoken language in Senegal.
This decision follows an earlier application by the Senegalese ministry of culture in October this year for the dish which is not only consumed in Senegal but in other West African countries like Gambia, Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania to be included on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
“The recipe and techniques are traditionally passed down from mother to daughter,” UNESCO stated, adding that the dish is traditionally eaten with hands.
According to history, Saint-Louis is said to be the place of origin of Thiebou dieune, and is located in the Northern side of Senegal. Coincidentally, Saint-Louis is a UNESCO World Heritage site which houses a fishing community.
Thiebou dieune is now part of the other favourite dishes around the world that has made it to the UNESCO list.