Yassa! Fonio Pilaf

Yassa! Fonio Pilaf


Yassa! Fonio Pilaf


Sweet onion. Smoky habanero. And the zesty brightness of citrus. What could be better than that? This easy-to-make pilaf combines the comforting flavors of yassa with fonio, an ancient West African grain.

Sustainable goodness

Yolélé works with smallholder farmers in West Africa that employ regenerative farming practices. Together, they bring Africa's vibrant flavors, nourishing cuisine, and delicious ingredients to the world.

  • Gluten Free
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Why we love it

For the uninitiated, yassa is a popular Senegalese chicken dish that's made with caramelized onions, lime juice, and chilis. Yolélé brings fun to the table in the form of fonio, a West African grain known for its nutty, earthy flavor. It's ready to eat in just 5 minutes, and makes a light and fluffy pilaf that goes great with roasted meats or grilled veggies.


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How it does good

Changing conditions for smallholder farmers

Most people in West Africa rely on farming to live, but don't have access to markets or economic security. Many young people looking for job opportunities leave for overcrowded cities and struggle to find work, or risk their lives trying to get to Europe. That's why Yolélé crafts foods and snacks that provide economic opportunity for smallholder farmers. Buying West Africa's oldest cereal grain can help alleviate extreme poverty, unlock opportunities, and transform communities in West Africa.

  • responsible sourcing

    Yolélé connects smallholder farmers (mainly women) with local and global markets. These farmers employ regenerative techniques like intercropping, cover-cropping, and crop rotation, which give back to the earth rather than depleting its resources. Yolélé is also building processing facilities in West Africa, so that product can be processed and sold locally and globally.
  • low carbon footprint

    Yolélé creates a market for traditional crops grown under a more resilient farming system, meaning that more land is devoted to farming more biodiverse crop systems. This has the potential to regenerate and regreen the land.
  • supporting key causes

    Yolélé donates money and product to various organizations such as Whole Planet, DIG, Chefs 4 Impact, and Fuel the People. Their impact goals cover food security, sustainability, and mutual aid for industry workers affected by COVID-19.

How to use it

Serve with a side of roasted chicken, or grilled fish.

When you're done...

The bag is recyclable through TerraCycle by following our special instructions.

These are general guidelines for broadly-recyclable materials. Check with your local recycler to confirm what they take.

About the Brand



Yolélé is a purpose-driven African food company, with a mission to create economic opportunity for smallholder farming communities. Founded by award-winning Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam, Yolélé shares Africa's vibrant food with the world, starting with fonio: the ancient West African grain.
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