Zitumbuwa Delight: Crafting a Malawian Banana Fritters Recipe

Dish recipes: Zitumbuwa
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Embark on a culinary journey to Malawi with our Zitumbuwa recipe. These delightful banana fritters, a cherished treat in Malawian households, bring together ripe bananas and a touch of spice, creating a flavorful experience that captures the essence of Malawian cuisine.


2 lbs ripe bananas, mashed (kg: 0.9)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

A pinch of salt

Vegetable oil for frying


In a bowl, combine mashed bananas, flour, sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to form a thick batter with a smooth consistency. Heat vegetable oil in a pan for frying. Spoon the batter into the hot oil, forming small, round fritters. Fry the Zitumbuwa until golden brown on both sides, ensuring they are cooked through. Remove the fritters and place them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.


Serve Zitumbuwa warm, and optionally dust them with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness. Enjoy these banana fritters as a delightful snack or dessert, capturing the flavors of Malawi in each bite.

Zitumbuwa is more than a recipe it's a taste of Malawian warmth and hospitality a sweet reminder of the rich culinary traditions that make Malawi unique.