It’s food O’clock and we’d looking at the Senegalese pastel snack with the Bissap drink (Zobo drink in Nigeria).


Pastels are small snacks with fish and spices fillings. It is served with tomato sauce sometimes.


  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Sliced pepper
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Chopped boneless fish
  • Water 
  • Seasoning

Method of Preparation

  1. Add the flour, baking soda, sugar into a clean bowl and mix.
  2. Add the butter, some quantity of olive oil and salt to the mixture and mix.
  3. Add the eggs and mix well, add little water and knead to make the mixture smooth. Cover dough for at least one hour.
  4. Put water into a saucepan, add the chopped fish into the saucepan, add seasoning, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, tomatoes and cook well for some minutes.
  5. Open the dough and start making the pastels, apply oil to a clean surface and cut small balls of dough then flatten it, add some fillings into the center. Fold it into half to form a half moon shape, you can use a fork to make flat designs at the edges. 
  6. Put some quantity of vegetable oil into a frying pan and heat. Put the pastels inside and fry them, turn the sides after sometimes and remove when well cooked. 
  7. Remove and drain when well cooked and serve with sauce. 


Bissap drink in Senegal is the same thing as the Nigerian Zobo drink made from hibiscus flower, water, sugar, and flavoring. 

It is prepared by putting the cooking hibiscus flower inside hot water for about one hour to allow the colour to extract into the water. This is allowed to cool down and then sieved. Flavoring, sugar and fruits are added and then served chilled.

Written and edited by Ebenezer Oladokun

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