Menu: Mali

Question: What does Supergirl, a tea party, and gluten free food all have in common? They all make an appearance during this week’s Malian Global Table. That’s pretty epic. And oddball. The perfect combination, if you ask me.

I kept things simple this week, as I’m still recovering from last week’s surprise birthday celebration for my mom. What sounds good to you?

Recipe: Mali’s Gluten-free “Pancake Donuts” (Maasa) [Recipe]
Made with millet and rice flours and topped with a flurry of powdered sugar, this addictive snack comes from Mali’s street vendors. To be honest, Iย couldn’t decide what to call it. I finally settled on Pancake Donuts. I don’t know what else to say. The name speaks for itself. Mega.

Vanilla Ginger Bissapย [Recipe]
Hibiscus tea with smooth vanilla undertones and a bit of snap from fresh, grated ginger. Sweetened to taste, this will take you to your happy place.

*All recipes and the meal review will be posted by Monday morning.

Street in Timbuktu. Photo by upyernoz from haverford, USA.


  1. Oh, I look forward to the tea recipe – we drink tea every evening, but for obvious reasons it is always herbal to avoid problems to sleep ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ve been trying many types of tea, but never ventured making my own, mixing flavors – hibiscus and ginger. Sounds like something I might love!

    (and the sweet pancakes…. seem dangerous to the waist line, but I look forward to the recipe anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Sasha Martin says

      Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ Once you start, you just might find yourself keeping a little piece of ginger in the fridge to grate… it’s very addictive and healthy .. and just might make you feel better about the pancake donuts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Sasha Martin says

      I love this! I think this is a fairly common way to prepare caffeinated tea in the region (even through the Middle East… although I’m not sure about this for bissap… I’ll have to look it up. Thanks Mette ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Brian S. says

    Unfortunately for you, Mali is not world famous for food. But it IS world famous for its music, both traditional pieces hundreds of years old and modern rock and jazz based on these traditions. I made a music player that has lots of songs from Mali and nearby Senegal. Here it is. Just click and, if you wish, it will play music of the region for hours.

    The most famous and complex of Mali’s traditional music instruments is the kora.
    It’s made of a dried melon covered with leather, plus 21 strings. Here are solos by 3 of Mali’s best and most famous kora players; it sounds like a harpsichord but better.

    Toumani Diabate

    Mamadou Diabate


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