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Traditional (Streed Food) Recipe: Fish Cake (Fish Ket)

My Magazine 2023/10
1 min
Another popular street food in The Gambia is a pan-fried crunchy pancake look-alike called fish cake. Because of mispronunciation it is also known as fish ket. Sometimes, it is confused for fish pie, where the dough is folded over a filling. However, the difference is that this snack is fried and served with a sauce topping. The sauces can be stir-fried onions, beans with stir-fried onions or smoked fish (grone soup).

Fish ket is mainly sold in schools, but you can also find it being sold in front of some compounds. If you find yourself in Dippakunda, you can taste Mammy Loppy's delicious fish ket.

How to Make Fish Ket

The Dough

  • Make a dough with flour, salt and water and keep it covered in a bowl. Divide the dough into balls and roll them out using a rolling pin.
  • Fry these discs until golden brown and drain on absorbent paper.

Fish Ket is incomplete without the toppings or sauces, so let's get started on the preparation of the two most popular ones -

1. Grone Soup (Marinated Smoked Fish)


  •  smoked fish
  •  chopped onions
  •  lemon juice
  •  a mixture of local spices
  • chilli powder
  • salt to taste


Scale, de-bone and shred the fish. Add the rest of the ingredients to it and mix well.

2. Bean Sauce with Stir-fried Onions


  •  black-eyed beans
  •  salt to taste
  •  sliced onions
  •  a mix of local spices
  •  black pepper
  • chilli powder
  •  tomato paste


  1.  Cook the beans until soft and mushy - add salt and set aside.
  2.  In a separate pan, fry the sliced onions until golden brown. Add the spices, chilli powder, black pepper, salt and tomato paste.
  3.  Finally, add the mashed beans and mix well.

The fish ket is sold with both types of sauces to suit the palates and moods of the customers.

This article is proudly sponsored by APS International

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