The cooking is most influenced by that of N. Africa. Mauritania, for example, has a dish, michoui, stuffed leg of lamb with dates and raisins, which is very similar to Moroccan dishes. The staple foods are rice and millet with fonio or hungry rice, Digitaria exilis or D. iburua, and wild grains being commonly eaten in some areas, often with a meatball and peanut (see groundnut) sauce. yams and plantains are also eaten, and beans and lentils are important. maize porridge is widely eaten in the E. Sahel. Millet grains may be made into couscous or boiled with cassava to a mush called le tô. For festive occasions this is served with two sauces, one made of minced meat, dried fish, and dried okra powder and the other of diced meat and tomatoes. These are usually combined before serving.