Sasha Martin’s Maasa Recipe

Maasa is a sweet treat, that is usually served from the roadside stands of Mali. It is made with rice flour and millet flour,



* 2 cups milk
* 1/4 cup boiling water
* 2 Tbsp sugar
* 2 tsp active dry yeast
* 2 cups millet flour
* 2 cups brown rice flour
* 1 Tbsp baking powder
* vegetable oil, for frying
* powdered sugar, for dusting


1. First, add boiling water to 1/2 cup cold milk. The resulting mixture should be warm but not hot. Add in the sugar and yeast. Set aside for a few minutes until frothy.

2. Next, whisk together millet flour, brown rice flour, and baking powder.

3. Combine the yeasty milk mixture with the flour mixture. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk, a little at a time, stopping when you reach a thick batter. Now, let the batter sit in a cozy, warm spot… covered … for about 30-45 minutes.

4. When the batter is fluffy and bubbly and grand, pan fry the maasa by the spoonful in 1/8″ hot vegetable oil, until golden brown. Turn once.

5. Drain the crispy-on-the- outside-soft-on-the-inside Maasa on paper towels and dust with a heavy coating of powdered sugar.

6. Serve immediately.


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