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Jarida la Kusafiri #30 - Lake of Stars

Every year for the past 10 years, Lake Malawi has played host to one of Africa's most respected festivals, the Lake of Stars. The Lake of Stars festival has been hailed variously as "simply the finest festival in the world" and "the world's most spectacular music festival" by major media outlets.

So if your outside Malawi we have put together some great Malawian delicacies to try or pair with Muratelia to capture the Lake of Stars.

Chambo with nsima

Add Ndiwo, a delicious relish made of pumpkin or cassava leaves, tomatoes and groundnut powder and there you have Malawi on a platter. Malawian chambo is a type of fish that is endemic to Lake Malawi also known as Lake Nyasa. The freshwater fish is in the Tilapia family and therefore an easy fish to find to make this delicious dish. The recipe calls for two ingredients that need to made ahead of time. One is a curry spice blend and the other is a fruit chutney. The fish is fried and then cooked in sort of a gravy. The result is outstanding and we understand why this is one of the beloved dishes of Malawi.


Kachumbari is a light and fresh tomato and onion salad that makes for a perfect summer side dish to pair with your grilled meats!

Kachumbari really is such a simple dish that is perfectly bursting with summer flavours. Tomatoes, onions, avocado, and chilli peppers come together, flavoured with a light lime juice and cilantro dressing.

With so few ingredients, each one shines forth like a bright and crisp reminder of warm weather and fresh flavours.


This drink called thobwa (“toe-bwa”) or also referred to as “sweet beer” which is a fermented sorghum or millet drink that is very slightly alcoholic. There’s a long process to make it which includes letting the mixture sit for a week to ferment and then it’s ready for consumption.

It is a popular drink in the country, you’re most likely to be offered Thobwa in summer as that’s when it is highly consumed. The drink is thick like eggnog but grainy like watery grits, with a distinct corn after-taste.

Let us know how it goes!

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