Maasa are a favorite snack all across northern Ghana and can be found in most markets. The dough is made from corn meal that is left overnight to sour before being fried the following day. It is quite a delicious treat!
The images above demonstrate how one usually sees maasa being fried today – all together in a large metal frying pan. However, traditionally they were fried in specialty clay bowls called maasilaa like the one below.
This ingenius design allows the cakes to be fried individually so that they come out larger and in a nice round shape. These bowls are very rare now and I happened to stumble across a Komba lady using one in Gbintiri market so I had to get video of it!