Cookbook:Kondowole (Malawian Toasted Sesame Seeds)

Kondowole (Malawian Toasted Sesame Seeds)
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Kondowole is a delicious Malawian snack made from sesame seeds. These crunchy and flavorful seeds are toasted to perfection, making them a delightful treat for any time of the day.






  1. In a dry frying pan or skillet, toast the sesame seeds over medium heat.
  2. Stir the seeds continuously to ensure even toasting and prevent burning. The seeds are ready when they turn golden brown and release a nutty aroma.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let the toasted sesame seeds cool for a few minutes.
  4. Sprinkle salt over the seeds according to your taste preference and mix well.
  5. Heat a small amount of vegetable oil in the same pan over low heat.
  6. Add the toasted sesame seeds to the pan and stir to coat them evenly with the oil. This step helps to enhance the flavor and crunchiness of the seeds.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and let the kondowole cool completely before serving.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • You can customize the seasoning of kondowole by adding other spices or herbs of your choice.
  • For a sweeter version, you can sprinkle a little sugar or honey over the toasted sesame seeds.
  • Kondowole is a versatile snack that can be enjoyed on its own, added to salads, or used as a topping for various dishes.
  • Sesame seeds are rich in fats, protein, and various essential nutrients, including calcium and iron.