My Favorite Malawian Meals


I spent a few moments with my pen and notepad in hand, trying to decide which dish I preferred most. I can assure you, I could pick one. Therefore, I have decided to share them all. Here are my favorite Malawian meals that always make me smile.

Before I start sharing the dishes, let’s start here. Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa, mostly attributed to the scorching heat and the warm people. Add our beautiful Lake Malawi to the mix, and you have perfection. In case you do not know, Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake in the world. Told you, utter PERFECTION.

Shouldn’t shock you to hear one of my favorite Malawian meal involves fish. Because it damn right does. Let me not bore you any longer.

Here are some of my favorite Malawian meals…

1. Nsima and Chambo

This dish is a must have if you find yourself in Malawi. Nsima is widely eaten around Africa. Others call it Nshima, pap and many other names. It is thick porridge made from maize flour. Now, trust me, I would love to go in details on how to prepare it, but I want to talk more on the main actor. Chambo!

Nsima and chambo: favorite malawian meal
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Make sure to clean the fish well, remove all the guts etc. Then, either fry it in oil until golden brown. Or, smoke it till golden brown on charcoal (recommended). Have it with gravy or any veggies of your choice.

2. Nsima served with Local chicken and Nkhwani

I hate that I am salivating while writing this. Can almost feel it in my mouth. Sigh!

favorite malawian meal
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That well cooked local chicken stew, one where bones are chewable. Ey wena, don’t look at me like you don’t crash bones too. Nxaa. Anyway, with some nsima and pumpkin leaves ( nkhwani). The pumpkin leaves are boiled together with tomatoes and some salt to taste. Plus some kambuzi. Trust me, I would die a happy man (woman).

There you have it, my 2 favorite Malawian dishes. What are some of yours, comment below.


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