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Pastels (Pastels aux Poisson, Beignets de Poisson, or pies) are turnovers, i.e., crusts of pastry with stuffing. Pastels are usually fried, but can also be baked. They are usually served with a spicy tomato sauce. The West African Pastel is similar to the empanada of the Hispanic world, and the samosa of India, even the Chinese wonton, Italian ravioli, and Polish pierogi (though the later are likely to be cooked in boiling water instead of hot oil). fishing in africa






  1. All pastry ingredients should be allowed to come to room temperature if they have been in the refrigerator. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, eggs or yeast, and salt. Slowly mix in the water so as to make a thick dough. Knead for a few minutes. Cover with a clean cloth and set aside in a warm place (like the oven, briefly heated then turned off) to rest. If using yeast, the dough should rest for at least an hour or two.
  2. While the dough is resting: Heat oil in a skillet. Fry the and vegetables ingredients for stuffing. Reduce heat. Add tomato paste and enough water to keep the mixture moist, cover, and simmer for half an hour. Adjust seasoning. Chop into small pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a separate pot. Fry the vegetable ingredients for sauce. Reduce heat. Add tomato paste and water, cover, and simmer. Adjust seasoning.
  4. Roll the dough into a sheet about a quarter of an inch (0.6 centimeter) thick. Cut the dough into pieces, each about the size of your hand. (An inverted bowl can be used to cut circles, or you cut them into squares.) Place a spoonful of the stuffing mixture in the center of each piece of dough, fold the dough over the stuffing, and crimp the edges together.
  5. Fry the pastels in hot oil. Use a skillet with an half inch of oil, or a pot with enough oil to allow the pastels to float. Fry the pastels until they are golden brown, turning them at least once. Fry only a few at a time, not letting them touch each other while frying. When each batch is done, place the pastels on a paper towel, and place in a warm oven until all are done.
  6. Garnish with a little left over parsley. Serve with a bowl filled with the warm dipping sauce.