Two Simple Offerings to Obatalá, the King of the White Cloth

Soursop and Rice Pudding

Getting to know Obatalá is a lifetime process. There is much to be said about his attributes, stories and different manifestations. However in one page I am going to show you two ways to please this orisha with simple and elegant offerings that I have prepared for my orisha and for the tutelar orisha of my husband Elefunké, which happens to be Obatalá.

Soursop and Rice Pudding

Soursop or Annona muricata is one of Obatalás favorite fruits and rice pudding is one of mine, so I decided to combine these two flavors to make a delicate dessert to offer Obatalá for my osha anniversary. I do get tired of the same old recipes and I like to experiment in the kitchen.

a) 1.5 cups cooked rice
b) 1 cup of soursop pulp strained and sweetened to taste
c) 1 cup whole milk
d) ½ cup of heavy cream
e) 1/3 cups sugar
f) ¼cups of white raisins
g) 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
h) 1 egg, beaten
i) ½ teaspoon vanilla
j) ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg

A tasty soursop

Combine rice, whole milk, soursop and sugar in heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat. Stir occasionally until thick and creamy, 15-20 minutes. Blend heavy cream and egg. Stir into rice mixture. Add raisins. Cook 2 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Add butter, vanilla and nutmeng. Spoon this into serving dishes.

Baked Fresh Cod with Panko and Coconut

There is nothing complicated about this recipe and it is a wonderful offering to thank Obatalá for favors you have requested. Besides you can have it ready in half an hour.

Notice that I have not used salt in either of the dishes that I am suggesting as offerings for Obatalá foods are not offered with salt. There are two other things you never offer Obatalá: Palm wine and palm oil. You can find the reason on two stories, one that has to do with the creation of humanity and the other, well with Obatalá not liking to have his clothes stained and certainly palm oil has been the culprit of many of my white skirts and blouses stained in the kitchen or during ceremonies.

Baked Fish in Coconut and Panko Crust

a) 1 egg
b) dash of milk
c) 8 x 4oz Cod (or any other mild flavored white fish) filets
d) 3/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
e) 0.5 oz of sweetened coconut flakes, I do prefer to grate my own with no black rind on them

Beat the egg and milk together. Combine coconut and breadcrumbs together in separate bowl.
Roll fish fillets in milk/egg mix and coat thoroughly with breadcrumb and coconut mix. Use one hand for handling wet ingredients and one for rolling on the coating; it will make your life easier.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 12 minutes until it is flaky.

I hope you enjoy trying out these two offerings to Obatalá as much as I do.

May the King of the White Cloth always protects us with his patience and strengthens our minds with purpose, reason and logic.

Oní Yemayá Achagbá

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9 Responses to “Two Simple Offerings to Obatalá, the King of the White Cloth”

  1. Goddess says:

    Thank you!!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Excellent – thanks!

  3. adam says:

    this addimu i gather iis only for the crowned correct?

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello Adam

      Ideally it should be placed in front of the shrine to an Obatala. However, you do not have to be crowned to prepare it and offer it. You can do so and bring it to the shrine of your godparents if you have godparents.


  4. Efun shade says:

    i do not have this orisha or godparents. So Where can i place offering in my home . i do have to small elephant bookends

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello Efun Shade

      You can simply make a small altar and dress it in white. you may place the elephant bookends there and pray from the heart when you place the offering. I believe that is the crucial element to offer one’s heart and breath and spirit as we pray.


  5. Tamm E Hunt says:

    Where do you purchase the soursop? I have been trying to find it for some time now.

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