MY TRAVEL PLANACCOMMODATIONtrips & activitiesevents

Panket or Gambian pancakes

My Magazine 2022/10
3 min
Panket or panketo is translated as a pancake. It is made of corn or millet flour, mixed with water and sugar, fried in vegetable oil and sold on the street. Pancake is commonly known as street food, but sometimes it is prepared in wedding ceremonies and naming ceremonies. Gambian pancakes are not circular thin or fluffy desserts as many are used to but look like small balls created by dropping dough mixture into the hot oil.

Many prepare pancakes differently and add different ingredients to suit their taste and that of their customers. Still, the primary ingredients are flour, sugar, water, baking powder (by choice) and oil for frying. There are two ways of preparing pancakes: sweet and salty pancakes, which go with spicy sauce. The panket sauce is usually made only with onion, hot pepper, and a bit of salt to taste.

White flour Pancake: Panketu Fanrin

The white flour is measured in a bowl according to how much the vendor wants to prepare. Water is added and mixed until it is smooth. Baking powder or bicarbonate soda is added to let the dough mixture rise and to allow the inside of the panket to be cooked thoroughly. Optionally, a little salt is added to the taste. It is covered and put aside for the mixture to rise. Some will dissolve sugar in the mixture, while others add sugar by sprinkling it on top of the mixture just before forming balls and frying it. Pancakes are always deep-fried in a frying pan or cooking pot. Some vendors like to prepare it at home and then sell it on the street. Yet some will fry it while selling, so customers can buy still hot, fresh pancake and enjoy it even more.

Millet pancake or Panketu Dougub

The other type of pancake is made with millet flour, which can be bought at the market. But a lot of vendors decide to do it themselves. At the market, they would purchase cleaned millet removed from the husk and soak it in water for half an hour to moisten. After it dries up a bit, it is ready to be pounded in the machine and turned into powder. The procedure to make the mixture is the same as with Panketu Fanrin; just, in this case, a small amount of salt is added instead of sugar. Millet pancakes are also fried and sold with or without sauce.

You can buy panket on the streets around Dippakunda, Serrekunda, Latrikunda German or Latrikunda Sabiji, Coastal Road, etc. It is very affordable, costing D5 or D10 each.

Did you enjoy this article? Share it with friends >>>

Useful information before the first trip to The Gambia
Traditional Tie & Dye

- OTHER ARTICLES -

Subscribe To Our Magazine
No spam, notifications only about new issues.

All articles

Subscribe To Our Magazine
No spam, notifications only about new issues.

Other articles

Beach of the month: Banjul Beach
Banjul is the Capital city of The Gambia; it is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the River Gambia, which makes it a peninsula. Banjul boasts ...
Live Music Fridays at Sugar Cane, Coco Ocean
Only four more days to go to the first weekly Friday Live Music Night at Coco Ocean's newly refurbished Vip Lounge & Bar....
How is My Gambia booking different from others?
An online reservation platform with an online monthly magazine created in The Gambia for Gambian tourism might not be a unique and innovative idea. Ye...
Star of the month: Justice
The Star of the month is a (young) Gambian entrepreneur, changemaker or peacemaker. Someone who uses his or her talents and network to help develop th...
JOBS
©MyGambia 2022
error: Alert: Our content is protected!

My Gambia Team

Typically replies within 30 minutes

We will be back soon.

Hey there 👋
We are here to help. What can I do for you?
Start Chat with us
chat