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Traditional Rwandan Dish: Agatogo

Traditional Rwandan Dish: Agatogo

Traditional Rwandan food known as "Agatogo" has been relished for ages. This savory dish is made by combining a variety of vegetables, occasionally meat or fish, and the result is a pleasing fusion of tastes and textures. The varying components and regional preferences in the Agatogo recipe reflect the cultural and gastronomic variety of Rwanda. This dish is a staple of Rwandan cuisine since it not only tempts the taste buds but also has a rich history that has been passed down through families and communities.

Agatogo, which developed in the middle of Rwanda's history, served as a symbol of the nation's ingenuity. Over the years, Rwandans have inventively blended a variety of vegetables with components like onions, tomatoes, and peppers, including cabbage, spinach, collard greens, and amaranth leaves. This harmonious combination of flavors balanced out important nutrients while also satiating palates.

The Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa are just a few of the many ethnic groups that call Rwanda home. Every group has contributed to the nation's culinary legacy. Agatogo showcases the Rwandan people's inventiveness in utilising local products to make filling meals.

Preparation Time

50 minutes to 1 hour


Chicken, beef, goat or fish 

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 teaspoon of ginger (minced)

1 teaspoon of vegetable oil

2 cups of chopped vegetables (cabbage, spinach, collard greens, or amaranth leaves)

1 cup of bell peppers (chopped)

1 cup of carrots (chopped)

1 cup of green beans (chopped)

1 cup of onions (chopped)

1 cup of tomatoes (chopped)

1 cup of eggplant (chopped)

Salt and pepper 

Water or broth 


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  • Stir in the garlic and ginger, cooking for another minute until fragrant.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they start to break down and release their juices.
  • Add the fish or meat to the pot and cook until it's browned on all sides.
  • Add the vegetables to the pot and mix everything.
  • Pour in enough water or broth to cover the vegetables and meat/fish. 
  • Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Cover the pot and let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Serve it with either rice or plantains.