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Banana and rice pancake - Massa

Recipe Name: Massa

Subtitle: Benin pancake

Culture: Benin

Preparation time: 50 minutes

Recipe story:

Massa is simply fermented rice galeite, which can be made with millet flour. This dish is very popular in the northern part of Benin and northern Nigeria. It can be eaten as breakfast with eggs and hot tea.


· 1 lb. millet flour

· 1 ripe banana, mashed.

· ¼ cup of rice.

· Vegetable oil.


  1. Combine millet flour and water. The dough must not be liquid but firm enough to form a ball.

  2. Cover this dough and let it sit for 8 hours over night.

  3. The next day add, ¾ to 1 cup of cold water to the dough. The consistency of the dough should be a little thicker than pancake batter. Mix well with a stand mixer or food processors so that the dough increases in volume.

  4. Let it stand for 15 minutes

  5. Cook rice with ½ cup of water over medium heat for 15 minutes. Make a porridge by mixing the cooked rice.

  6. Add the mixed rice to the dough and mix well in a food processor.

  7. Add banana and sugar and continue mixing.

  8. Add about ¾ cup of water and mix to obtain a fairly liquid mixture.

  9. Oil a non-stick pan and cook ladles of dough 2 minutes on each side.

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