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Malagasy recipes

Malagasy donuts with lychee and pistachio ice cream

Mofo menakely miaraka amin’ny gilasy pistachio sy litchi Mofo menakely means “small red bread” – the Malagasy version of the donut. The sweet pastry can be bought everywhere on the street at small booths. It is eaten as a quick breakfast or small snack in between. We enjoy our mofo menakely with lychee and pistachio ice cream. Although lychees originally …

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Manioc coconut cake

Mofomamy mangahazo sy voanio This luscious cake uses manioc, the root of the cassava plant, as the basic ingredient. In Malagasy, the tuber is called mangahazo, which means blue tree. The term alludes to the prussic acid in the tuber’s skin. In Madagascar, cassava is available very cheaply everywhere – in contrast to the cereal flour that would be used …

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Coconut chicken with rice and tomato salad

Akoho voanio amin’ny lasary voatabia This recipe for coconut chicken or Poulet coco, as it is also often called in Madagascar, consists of quite simple ingredients, but tastes all the better. Chicken, like zebu, is a component of many Malagasy dishes. It is accompanied by rice, as is always customary on the island. A meal without rice does not fill …

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Hot Mango salad

Lasary manga masiaka This spicy mango salad is eaten mainly in northwestern Madagascar. The Sakalava, the tribe living in this region, typically prepare it in large quantities and then fill the finished salad into recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are lined up on the side of the road in small stalls where they can be purchased for very little money. …

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Samboza (filled pastries)

Malagasy Samboza are small, triangular pastries filled with meat, vegetables, or cheese. You can get them in many Malagasy restaurants or small booths on the street. Mostly, they are served with Sakay or tamarind sauce. You may also use thin Wan Tans (Won ton) wrappers as an alternative to a self-made dough. Ingredients: 500 g minced beef two big onions …

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Tuna on vegetable salad

Salady amin’ny lamatra sy mais This fresh salad with tuna goes wonderfully with a warm beach day in Madagascar. The recipe comes from the east coast of the island. Tuna is regularly caught fresh by hand there, large trawlers and huge nets are a rarity. The bluefin tuna tastes best. It grows up to 4.5 meters long during its lifetime …

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Banana pineapple creme

Tsindrin-tsakafo amin’ny akondro This sweet dessert comes from the vicinity of the port city of Toamasina (Tamatave). It is a simple banana pineapple cream. Both fruits can be found in Madagascar especially in the rainy season in abundance on the east coast, where they thrive particularly well due to the humid and warm climate. In Madagascar, both pineapple and bananas …

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Chili peanut dip

Sakay sy voanjo Sakay is the Malagasy name for Habanero-like small chili cultivated only in Madagascar. Normally it is processed in the dried state. The dips prepared with it are extremely hot, which is why we have also included a milder variant made by our team member Dimby from Madagascar in our recipes. In this recipe, the still green Sakay …

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Fried chicken sticks with rice and carrot salad

Mofo akoho amin’ny vary sy salady karoty A delicious summer meal is these deep-fried chicken skewers in a dough coating. In Madagascar, rice, the staple food of the Malagasy people, is the preferred accompaniment. Usually, chicken and rice are always served with a small cold salad. We have chosen a Malagasy carrot salad that goes perfectly with the chicken sticks. …

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Banana bread

Mofomamy akondro Banana bread is a cake that is served often for breakfast in hotels and restaurants in Madagascar. It is a sweet and juicy cake which keeps fresh for days – if you have not eaten it before. In Madagascar, people plant a lot of bananas. The full-grown plant serves as a property line, the bananas serve as nutrition …

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