Boil the lentil peas until it looks soft enough to mash (approximately 30 mins) . Don’t let it get too soggy. Drain the water and crush it using the back of a pot spoon. Season with a 3 -4 tablespoon of green seasoning (the amount depends on your taste).
Blend the garlic, onion, chadon beni, celery, pimento peppers and thyme in ¼ cup of water.
Add the blended seasoning to cooked lentil peas.
Add the cayenne pepper, paprika and black pepper .
Saute the onion in 3 tbsp oil.
Add the seasoned lentil peas. Then add the roucou. Mix well.
Set aside and prepare the fig leaves and the cornmeal.
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Separate into small balls. Pour a little oil in a saucer to be used before pressing each cornmeal ball.
Dip the ball into a little oil and press between two banana leaves on a pastelle press.
Place about 2 tablespoons of the lentil paste in the center of the flatten dough ball.
Fold the fig (banana) leaf place the folds face down. Steam in batches for for 35-40 minutes.