Foods of Madagascar: Famous dishes of Madagascar

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Madagascar is famous for its variety of mouth-watering dishes. Rice and various types of vegetables used as the main ingredients in most of the dishes of Madagascar. Most of the dishes are flavored with different kinds of sauces like tomato, onion, garlic, and ginger to enhance the flavor of the dish.

Let’s check out some top, tasty dishes of Madagascar when you visit this fascinating island.

Romazava – A Traditional Meat Stew

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

Romazava is the National dish of Madagascar that includes green vegetables, Zebu meat, onions, and tomatoes mix with different types of spices. This delicacy is usually served with rice during lunch and dinner time. The addition of watercress, mustard greens, ginger, and chilies, gives the dish a spicy and peppery flavor.

Lasary – A Vegetarian Dish of Madagasacr

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

Lasary is the Tasty Vegetarian salad dish from northern Madagascar. This dish is made up of different types of veggies like green beans, carrots, cabbage, and onions, seasoned with a small amount of vinaigrette. This dish of Madagascar is also called ansary in some parts of the country. It is mostly served as a side dish or used as a filling for the Baguette sandwich. In urban areas of Madagascar, it is usually made with pickled lemon and mangoes.

Foza Sy hena-Kisoa – A Famous Sea Food Platter of Madagascar

Foza sy hena-kisoa is an incredible Malagasy seafood platter that has an amazing fusion of crab, stir-fried pork, and lobster. The lobster in the dish gives a soft & chewy texture. This meaty dish of Madagascar is usually served with a combination of rice, and it is then seasoned with lime juice and ginger to enhance the taste of this seafood platter. This is a must-try dish of Madagascar if you love to eat seafood.

Mofogasy – A Popular Breakfast Dish of Madagascar

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

Also known as Malagasy bread, it is a pancake prepared with a deep-fried dough made of flour, water, yeast, sugar, and rice cream. This dish of Madagascar is then garnished with Maple syrup, juice, and fruits. This dish is, crisp from the outside, chewy from inside, and slightly sweet in taste.

Malagasy Stir Fried Rice – Madagascar’s Staple Food

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

Malagasy Stir-Fried Rice is a unique blend of fried rice, and lots of vegetables such as carrots, capsicum, sweet corn, bock Choy, and spring onions. Slices of meat, eggs, and shrimp are also used in cooking this dish.  Excessive use of vegetables used in its preparation gives this dish of Madagascar a rich and spicy flavor. This fried rice dish is also eaten as a side dish by the local people with meat, soups, chicken, and eggs. It’s a staple food of Madagascar.

Koba – A Traditional Dessert of Madagascar

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

Koba is the famous traditional sweet dish of this nation of Africa consists mainly of mashed bananas, vanilla beans, ground peanuts, as well as corn flour, and honey. The batter gets wrapped and steamed in banana leaf. This dessert is so popular in Madagascar that you can find it easily in almost every marketplace and even on gas stations, selling by the name of Kobo akondro. The sweet flavor of this dish of Madagascar is because of vanilla essence while peanut adds crunch to it.

Mofo – anana – An Appetizer Snack

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

This vegan dish of Madagascar is famous as an appetizer snack. Leafy greens such as mofo and anana, are firstly well cooked, and then batter of bread is added into it and after that, it is deep-fried to prepare the tiny fritters. It is served with a hot sauce of chili, garlic, and ginger as the side dip. It tastes soft, crunchy, spicy, and crispy, which would melt in your mouth at the very first bite.

Akoho sy voania – Madagascar Christmas Food

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

It is a stew made with a blend of chicken and coconut mainly served over rice. The taste of chicken and the sweetness of coconut makes it a wonderful dish. Madagascar people generally make this dish on Christmas evening and eat together while celebrating. This dish of Madagascar is complemented by a special cake which served as a dessert.

Nem – Crispy Food of Madagascar

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

Nem is a type of crunchy, deep-fried spring rolls filled with beef, leek potatoes, cabbage, and onions. Spicy tangy sauces are served with this delicious snack. Every bite of this dish tastes very crispy which makes this dish tasty and mouth-watering.

Voanjobory sy hena – Kisoa – A Popular Festival Food

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

Though its name might seem like jargon, it’s a simple dish of chopped pork and groundnut. A bowl of salad and chili paste is being used as a side dish. The richness of pork combined with the nutty and aromatic taste of groundnuts would satisfy your taste buds to the fullest.

Sambusa – Authentic Snack of Madagascar

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

Similar to Indian samosa, it is a triangle-shaped fried savoury stuffed with fillings of ground beef and potatoes. However, it is not as spicy as the Indian variant, the food vendors on the street can be seen carrying a hot pepper jar, in case the customer wants some tangy flavour. It tastes a bit spicy and crispy. This dish of Madagascar is full of flavours that is the reason this dish is the most popular snack of Madagascar.

Ravitoto

Dishes of Madagascar
Dishes of Madagascar

As the name, Ravitoto indicates something confusing and unique, but it’s purplish cassava (manioc) leaf. This whole dark-green spinach-like dish is cooked with coconut milk and some spices. Commonly, however, it is stewed together with meat, or pork, which gives you a very tasty, balanced contrast between the slightly bitter cassava greens and the richness of the meat.

The next time you plan your visit to this African country, keep some of the above-mentioned dishes of Madagascar on your bucket list to satisfy the gourmet in you.

Ankit Jain

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