The Malagasy meal, a national pride

Malagasy meal, a national pride
With the sun still shining, living in Madagascar is an unparalleled adventure. This Treasure Island, also known as the Big Island, has a very varied climate, which explains the great diversity of plantations and food products. In the north as well as in the south, in the centre as in the coasts, local food products change according to the region. It is a wealth artistically exploited by the local culinary art.
A cuisine to discover
Although the culinary art in Madagascar has been influenced by a cosmopolitan and continuous migration since the beginning of its history, the diversification of food products also puts its particular touch on it despite the unique basis of food: the “vary and laoka”. It is about rice and its long-standing accompaniment: the food.
In the north, coconut is an almost essential ingredient. The cooking is based on coconut milk and results in an excellent very oriental taste, it is the sawaba menu. In the south, the cuisine is characterized by the omnipresence of fish. Especially in the vezo region of Tulear, the way fish is cooked is with a lot of water and some local spices. It can be eaten with rice and becomes a delicious main course offering a better taste. In this region too, but in Androy, the inhabitants practice cooking with milk. Corn, cassava, milk replace cooking water and the meal becomes rich in calcium.
In the centre, rice with more water or “vary sosoa” with a little steak ensures a very strong breakfast until noon. vary sosoa is characterized by its soothing taste, and is recommended for those with digestive problems.
The Malagasy meal is three times a day, one in the morning, one at noon and one in the evening. These three meals are based on rice, which is the only one that changes. This way of eating in Madagascar meets the physical needs of the inhabitants, 70% of whom are farmers and perform fairly demanding physical work to feed them. Rice is not only healthy but also serves as an effective main course for the body.

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