MALAWI MANDASI

Season 2 Episode 2

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Today, we’d be looking at two snacks and a popular drink from the country of Malawi.

Mandasi (Malawi Doughnut)

The Malawian doughnut is a small fried local doughnut that is made from all-purpose wheat and is sold in the streets of Malawi by mostly women.

Mandasi

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt

Method of Preparation

  1. Pour the all-purpose flour into a bowl, add a pinch of salt, baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the mixture, add the eggs (break and whisk) and milk.
  3. Beat the mixture thoroughly it it becomes smooth, add a little water to it.
  4. Pour some quantity of vegetable oil into a frying pan and add portions of the batter into the hot oil to fry.
  5. Take out the fried doughnuts once it turns golden brown.
  6. Enjoy your mandasi with a chilled bottle of soft drink.

Zitumbuwa (Banana Fritters)

Zitumbuwa is another snack that is easy to make and it is made from banana by mashing or forming a dough.

Zitumbuwa

Ingredients

  • Ripe bananas
  • ½ cup of cornmeal
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable oil

Method of Preparation

  • Peel the ripe bananas and mash inside a clean bowl.
  • Mix the mashed bananas with cornmeal to form a dough.
  • Add a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of sugar to the dough to taste.
  • Pour some quantity of vegetable oil inside a frying pan and add spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil to fry.
  • Remove the fried fritters and enjoy eating.

Thobwa

This drink is called “Sweet Beer’’. It is prepared through a process of fermentation to produce a slightly alcoholic drink. Thobwa has a milky appearance and grainy appearance.

Thobwa

Ingredients

  • Whole grain maize flour
  • Sorghum or millet flour
  • Sugar
  • Water

Method of Preparation

  • Boil some litres of water in a pot for a few minutes
  • Pour the maize flour inside a bowl of cold water and mix thoroughly
  • Add the mixture into the boiling water and stir to avoid lumps from forming. Do this till the mixture becomes thick and starts boiling.
  • Allow the mixture to heat for some minutes till it attains a porridge-like form. Put off the heat and allow the mixture to cool for a while.
  • Add the sorghum or millet flour to the mixture inside the pot, cover and leave it to partially ferment for some days.
  • When you’re satisfied with the level of fermentation (depending on how you want it), reheat gently, add sugar and your thobwa drink is ready to be served.

Written and edited Ebenezer Oladokun

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