1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 egg
1Tbs. sugar
salt to taste

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Mix until it is smooth.
3. Lightly grease a pan.
4. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the middle of the pan.
5. Spread with a ladle in a circular motion starting from the middle.
6. Cook until the underside is light gold.
7. Flip and cook for a minute or until brown spots form.


There are so many ways to eat this.

- top with butter and sugar
- break up top with sweet tea
- eat with meat

My husband wraps then around sambusas during Ramadan.


  1. AssalamuAlaykum Sister Amina

    Thanks a lot for the Malawa recipe.
    I LOVE it. I just made it and my family loved it a lot.

    I am Indian by origin, but I had many many friends from Somalia when I was in US. I always ate Malawa and Bur all the time.

    I tried this recipe for the first time and i m in love with it.

    Thanks a lot for sharing wonderful recipes.

    Ramadan Kareem
    JazakAllahu khair

  2. sister amina thanks for putting this up, as am somali my self but there are some somali traditional foods that i cant cook, sis i just wanted to know when ur making malawa, which flower do u use, is it plain flower or selfraising floower, can u please let me know thanks

  3. is this like french crepes? Just curious.

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  5. Assalamu Alaikum sis

    It sounds like the batter was too thick. Also the pan wasn't hot enough. You maybe put too much as well.

    Making anjera and malawa can be soooo tricky. It also depends on the pan.

  6. Salaams,
    Simple ingredients and very easy to make - my kinda recipe. I luv it.

  7. Years ago I had malawa with a red puree (maybe roasted red pepper?). Do you know of this puree?

  8. I made this this morning and we ate it with brown sugar and oodka. yummmy! thanx

  9. Thank you

  10. ASA, Ramadan Mabarak Sis Tammy! can you do a step by step with Malawah?

  11. Asalamu Alaikum Sister Tammy!
    Thank you for all the wonderful Somali recipes! My family is enjoying them.
    One quick question...what is the difference between malawa and anjeera? I'm trying to find the one my in-laws made for us.

  12. malawa has egg and sugar while anjera is just flour and water

  13. ahhh thank you so much for posting this!my husband was asking for this for ramadan and had no clue how to make it lol going to give it a go tomorow inshallah by the way quick question ukhti do you use self raising flour?? ramadan muburak! hanaan

  14. Ramadan Mubarak to you too.

    I use regular flour for malawah and self raising for anjera


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