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Senegal’s Good Friday Dish Is A Treat For Both Christians And Muslims

Marie-Victoire Carvalho Sow prepares ngalakh, a normal Easter provide for friends and family of all faiths.

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Marie-Victoire Carvalho Sow prepares ngalakh, a normal Easter provide for friends and family of all faiths.

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Marie-Victoire Carvalho Sow is bustling in a apparatus to her kitchen in Dakar, dishing out hulk ladles full of a normal Senegalese Easter treat.

It’s called ngalakh – a tasty brew of millet, groundnut (peanut) paste, bouye (the fruit of a baobab tree, that is also famous locally as pain de singe or gorilla bread), sugar, vanilla hint and orange blossom.

She says any year, Catholics make this special food for Good Friday and it’s savored over Easter weekend.

Sow Carvalho says she’s been enjoying a honeyed porridge given she was a child and scheming ngalakh herself for decades.

Thiakry (millet), an partial in Senegal’s normal Easter ngalakh porridge.

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Thiakry (millet), an partial in Senegal’s normal Easter ngalakh porridge.

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It’s sweaty work, staying adult late, blending a mixture together. But a toil doesn’t finish there – partial of this Easter tradition involves pouring a honeyed golden-brown integrity into containers and delivering them all day Friday to family, friends and neighbors. After a Catholic Stations of a Cross mass on Good Friday, everybody breaks their quick with ngalakh.

But this plate isn’t consumed only by Catholics in Senegal. It’s a plate they share with their Muslim friends and family, too. Senegal is a infancy Muslim country, with a tiny Christian minority. And a dual communities applaud their holy days together and share any other’s foods.

After a month-long Ramadan fast, Muslims and Christians applaud Korite (Eid al-Fitr) together with special dishes. And during Tabaski (the feast of Eid al-Adha), Muslims discharge fry lamb to their Christian friends during their annual feast.

Sow Carvalho says she has both Catholics and Muslims in her family – and that’s a Senegalese way, eremite peace and togetherness, done tastier by a pity of foods.