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The Best East African Recipes From Malawi

Malawi Recipes

Malawi is a country in East Africa, and East and Southern African food components characterize its cuisines.

The country is best known for its numerous tourist attractions, including the lake Malawi national park, Majete wildlife park, and Liwonde national park. You will also find this country's world war memorial monuments, cultural villages, and museums very educative and entertaining.

If you are wondering what meals the traditional people consume primarily in this country, check out the recipes below.

Recipe #1: The Nthochi Bread (Banana Bread)

One of the most popular staple foods in Malawi. The bread has been made for centuries; today, it retains its flavor even though several ingredients have been replaced. It goes with many other side dishes.

Preparation time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Serving: 2-4


- 100g of butter

- 75g of sugar

- 420g of flour

- 1 large egg

- 250 ml of milk

- 1 teaspoon of baking powder

- 1 teaspoon of salt

- 5 peeled, mashed, and ripe bananas


  1. Get a bowl, cream the butter with sugar, and add the egg. Add the remaining ingredients and beat into a smooth batter.
  2. Tip the batter into a greased loaf tin and place in an oven already preheated to 160C degrees.
  3. Bake for about an hour until the bread is set.
  4. Allow it to cool and tip out of the tin before slicing.

Recipe #2: The Futali

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This excellent vegetable stew goes with rice, bread, and other side meals. It could be an excellent choice for vegetarians and those who love adding veggies as a side dish to their main course meals.

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Serving: 2


- 1 small pumpkin or an alternative like squash, sweet potato, plantain, or cassava

- 250g of peanut flour

- 1-2 cups of water

- ½ teaspoon of salt


  1. Cut the veggies into cubes, then add them to the salted water.
  2. Bring everything to a boil until the veggies turn tender. Add the peanut flour and allow the mix to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Serve the veggie mix with rice or Nsima. You may want to cool it down for a few minutes but remember that it is best served hot.

Recipe #3: Mbatata Biscuits (Sweet Potato Biscuits)

Delicious Malawian biscuits you should try

Preparation time: 55 minutes

Servings: 4-10


- 185g of mashed potato

- 50mls of milk

- 5 tablespoons of melted butter

- 250g of sifted flour

- 2 teaspoons of baking powder

- 4 tablespoons of sugar

- ½ teaspoon of salt

- ¼ teaspoon of Cinnamon


  1. Get a blender, mix the sweet potato with the milk and melted butter, and blend well before adding the remaining ingredients.
  2. Bring the mix to form a dough and tip it onto a floured surface before you knead and roll until it is about 1 cm thick.
  3. Cut with a pastry cutter before placing on a well-greased baking tray.
  4. Preheat the oven to about 160c degrees and bake for about 35 minutes until they turn golden. You may shorten the baking time if the break is thick and brownish enough or if you don't want it to get burnt.
  5. Remove from oven after baking and dust with icing sugar before you set aside and cool.

Recipe #4: Ndiwo Vegetable

If you love a mix of green vegetables, this recipe will surely be one of your favorites. Remember, many health benefits come with mixing varieties of veggies, and it costs a little to prepare this side dish.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Servings: 1-3


- 500g of mixed greens, including sweet potato leaves, cassava leaves, chines cabbage, pumpkin leaves, bean leaves, rape leaves, mustard leaves, cabbage, kale, and collard greens. You may want to chop them fine at this stage.

- 1 chopped small onion

- 1 tablespoon of oil

- 2 chopped large tomatoes

- 1-2 cups of water

- ½ teaspoon of salt


  1. Fry the onions in the oil until they turn soft and tender. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover the pan and reduce heat to simmer. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the greens become tender.
  3. Serve with Nsima or rice, especially when they are still hot.

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