Pastel de Milho com Batata Doce

Pastel de Milho com batata doce.

In Cabo Verde you can buy the Pastel de Milho on almost every street corner, along the road or at the market! I still remember those great moments when i was sitting a the taxi and when i saw someone sold this delicious pastries fresh along the way. I asked the taxi to stop and bought these tasty pastries.

Or those moments when you walk on the market and smell this dish everywhere. I was immediately distracted and forget what i was actually coming for. Often they are made with corn flour, white sweet potato and a tuna filling and chili.

There are several variants and believe me they all amazing!

I learned this version from my mother. This version it also contains banana.

I hope you enjoyed this cooking video and try the recipe out!












5 cups/ 500 gram Corn flour 

3 pieces Banana

2 pieces/250 gram Sweet potato orange or white



1 Onion ( red or white )

2 Garlic gloves

2 Bayleaves

1 tsp Sambal or 1/3 red pepper

1 Can Tuna in oil

250 gram Salmon filet (You can also use Codfish) 

Music: 1.Djodje - Bom vibe 2.Lura - Sabi si mas .Video with Dutch subtitles @channel hennieskitchen hennieskitchen@instagram



Put two cooking pans on with a pinch of salt.

Start by peeling the sweet potato and wash it in salted water.

Remove the sweet potato from the salt water and cut into cubes and place in a container.

When the water is boiling, add the sweet potato to the pan.

Cook them until they soft enough to mash and remove from the pan and allow to cool in a large bowl.


Cut the bananas into pieces and toss them with the sweet potato.

Now add 5 cups and start mixing until you get a dough.

If the dough is too soft, add some corn flour if necessary.

In the other, cook the salmon fillet with 2 leaves of bay leaf.

When the salmon is cooked, remove it from the pan.

Meanwhile, fry the onion in a pan until brown.

Mash the salmon together with the tuna with 1 teaspoon of sambal and at the end you can add the fried onions.

Mix everything well and add some salt and pepper.


Now that you have the dough and filling ready, you are ready to start folding.

Take a large cutting board and place on plastic wrap from a sheet of baking paper.

You can use this as a handy tool to roll, fill and fold your dough.

Take a piece of dough and make a small ball with your hand.

Press the plastic sheet of baking paper and fold it shut.

Carefully roll over with your rolling pin to roll your dough flat and at the correct thickness.

Unfold it carefully and fill your dough with the fish mixture.

Close it again and gently press the edges to seal your dough.

Repeat this process until all your dough is used up.

Now you are ready to bake, fry the pastel in sunflower oil in a large pan until they golden brown.

*TIP*Use with a lot of oil and be careful with hot oil because you can get burned

*My advice*try to put your Pastel de Milho in the hot oil carefully with a spatula that can withstand heat.


Serve and enjoy, Bon a petite!



To learn more about the Cape Verdean culture you can find a lot of information on the website of Nosagenda.