Baking in Malawi

So I’m back! I have been way for 10 weeks volunteering in Malawi, I was working with nursery school teachers and setting up a girls’ empowerment group. We were staying with host families in a rural village in the north of the country. I had a amazing time, it was hard work at times but great way to experience the culture of a different country.



girls group

Cooking-wise things were pretty basic, the families cooked for us in their outside kitchens over open fires or charcoal burners. The food in the host homes was simple, beans or meat usually served with rice and there was a town about 15 minutes away on the bus where we could get hold of more western foods. One treat we could get quite easily at the local shop was mandasi. They are like doughnuts and cost 20 Malawian kwacha, which is about 3p! One afternoon I had a mandasi making lesson from Mau, one of the Malawian volunteers.

malawian kitchen

They are very simple to make and will give you a taste of Malawi!






4 cups of plain flour

1 cup of sugar

2 cups of milk

1 egg

4 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

vegetable oil to fry

Start by combining all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the egg and the milk. Stir together until you have a thick batter, don’t worry too much about lumps. Pour about 3cm of oil into the bottom of a pan and put it over a medium heat. When the oil is hot, it should sizzle when you add a small amount of the mixture, add large spoonfuls of the batter to the oil. Cook for a few minutes on each side until they are a golden brown colour.