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Malagasy recipes

Where to get the ingredients?

Since the average supermarket in Europe rarely has banana leaves or manioc tubers, we have made a list of links where to buy all these ingredients. If you have an Asia store nearby, you will surely find most of the ingredients there. Banana leaves You can order single banana leaves here or here cooled. Other stores offer them even in …

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Baked banana with honey

Mofo akondro Baked banana is classic Malagasy street food, found mainly in the northwest and on the island’s east coast. There you can also find the most aromatic bananas. They taste especially delicious with Malagasy honey. On the red island, honey is usually collected from wild bees. There are only a few commercial beekeepers. On the roadside, you can often …

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Koba akondro

Koba akondro

Koba akondro is a thick cake made of bananas, rice flour and peanuts. In Madagascar, you can buy it as snack in train and trucker stations, folded in banana leaves. The big brother of Koba akondro is Koba ravina, a cake made only of rice flour, sugar and peanuts. It looks very similar inside, but is usually cut in large …

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Pepper meat with rice

Pfefferfleisch

Hen’omby sy saosy dipoavatra Madagascan pepper is famous throughout the world for its quality and special flavor. In this recipe for beef (in best case zebu) with pepper sauce, you exclusively use Madagascan pepper:  Prickled green pepper, dried black pepper and if you like it particularly tasty, you should add a little wild pepper (in Malagasy voatsyperyfery). The wild pepper …

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Zebu sandwich

Zebu Sandwich (4)

This recipe comes from one of Madagascar’s most famous hotels in the eastern highlands and is wonderful for picnics, a quick dinner or even for breakfast. Ingredients for 2 large sandwiches: 500 g beef hip (zebu, if available) 1 medium-sized onion 2 tomatoes Iceberg lettuce 2 tablespoons of oil 1 tablespoon of water 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce 1 teaspoon …

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Tomato salad

Rougaille

Lasary Voatabia The name of this recipe is the Malagasy term for tomato salad. In Madagascar, you get this tomato salad in a small bowl as side-dish to many main courses, such as Romazava or Poulet au coco. Many travelers know it under its French name Rougail, Rogay or Rougaille tomates. Ingredients: 4 large tomatoes 1/2 large onion 1/2 bunch …

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Min Sao

Min Sao

Min Sao is a simple noodle dish, which originally comes from Asia. It is most similar to Vietnamese Mi Xao, which simply means as much as “fried noodles”. In Madagascar, you can find Mi-Sao or Misao (the spelling varies) on almost every small restaurant’s menu. Usually you can order it with different kinds of meat (beef, pork or chicken, sometimes …

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Spice cake

Godrogodro (2)

Godrogodro is a kind of spice cake. It is not really easy to make because you have to make carmel first and mix it with coconut milk, but the result is rewarding. Originally, this recipe may come from the Comores. But also Malagasy people claim Godrogodro as traditional and country-specific sweet. Usually, this spice cake is eaten cooled. Ingredients: 400 …

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Peanut chili dip

Sakay

Sakay is an extremely hot dip, that is served with snacks such as Samboza or used to season meals in Madagascar. The tiny, dried chillies of the same name are the base of this dip. These chillies are grown and harvested in Madagascar, and you can buy them everywhere on markets. There is also ready-to-eat comercially or self-made Sakay you …

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