DJIBOUTI (Republic)

This flag was adopted in 1977. The blue and green symbolise the Issa Somalis and Afars ethnic groups respectively, with the white symbolising Peace.
DishesBanana Fritters (vegan)
Time 30 mins
Effort 4/10
Rough cost £2
Capital Djibouti
Population 921, 804 (168th largest)
Land mass 23,200 km2 (146th)
Languages French, Arabic (Somali, Afar)
Religions94% Islam, Christianity


The Republic of Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa, with a coastline on the Red Sea. This makes Djibouti a hub of commercial maritime activity and it acts as an essential port. Its population is the smallest of mainland Africa and is majorly comprised of two ethnic groups: the Somali and the Afar people.

Djiboutian cuisine is a mixture of Somali, Afar, Yemeni and French cooking and also incorporate a lot of Middle Eastern spices. We really recommend checking out some of the delicious meat and fish dishes of Djibouti, like Skudahkharis, which is the national dish. However, Mwara is joining Bridget this month in doing VEGANUARY, so we opted for Djiboutian Banana Fritters.

These Banana fritters are a common sweet treat in Djibouti and were very easy, quick and cheap to make. These can come in different forms, from pancake-type to deep fried balls, so have a look online. Either way, they are traditional served dusted with some sugar – YUM!


Djibouti Banana Fritters *vegan


  • 2 bananas, mushed
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar, dissolved in 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • Oil for frying


  1. Combine all the ingredients together into a well-combined, smooth mixture. *Add more water if necessary to get a pancake consistency.
  2. Heat your choice of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Spoon a good dollop of mixture onto the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until nice and browned.
  3. Serve hot or cold with whatever you wish!

Merci Beaucoup and see you in Dominica! M + B x

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