Mofo gasy

November 26, 2018mayurisjikoni
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When it comes to choosing themes for FoodieMonday/Bloghop, the task can be a little difficult as we try to make it a bit challenging and yet feasible for all, with members living in different parts of the world and availability of ingredients. For quite sometime our themes were more or less based on Indian cooking. So to give that a rest and to make something different this week, I challenged the members to identify a country beginning with the first letter of their name and then cook a dish from that country. By this theme hoping that we’ll get a variety of different dishes from different parts of the world and hence the theme name #InternationalFeast.

For me the choices were from Myanmar, Mauritius, Morocco, Malta to name a few. I chose to prepare something from Madagascar the island that is famous for lemur, baobab trees, vanilla, cocoa, rainforests, beautiful flora and fauna. Situated to the south east of Africa, its believed that it broke off from India 80 millions ago. It is believed that the first settlers were from Borneo and after that Africans from the main continent found their way there. Later on came the Europeans and Asians. From the Europeans, the biggest influence was from the French. People from Madagascar are called Malagasy and the language too is Malagasy. The other popular language spoken there is French. The biggest island in Africa and the 4th largest in the world, the cuisine has largely been influenced by French, English, Indian, African, Chinese, South East Asian migrants. The staple food is rice called vary in Malagasy and is served with a side dish ranging from meat, fish to vegetables.

I decided to make the famous street food called Mofo gasy (pronounced as muf gas). Mofo gasy translated from Malagasy means Malagasy bread. Its more of a pancake than a bread. There are different varieties of this bread, most of them are made in a special mold that is similar to the aebleskiver. Some add coconut and coconut milk, some add spices and some are fried in hot oil like round balls of doughnuts. Usually served with sweetened coffee and fresh fruit.

I made the Mofo gasy using coconut milk and fresh grated coconut. As Madagascar is famous for rice, the bread or pancake has to have rice as one of the ingredients. Usually rice semolina or cream of rice is used which is readily available there. However, I had to make the rice semolina at home. Its quite easy to make it at home. Soak the rice, dry it and then grind it to a coarse texture that resembles fine semolina.

mofo gasy II -5

mofo gasy II -2

mofo gasy II -3

When my daughter who helped with the photo shoot, gets all creative.

mofo gasy II -4

mofo gasy II -1


Makes about 20-25 depending on the size of the aebleskiver

½ cup plain flour (all purpose flour)

¼ cup rice semolina (cream of rice)

3-4 tbsp sugar

¾ tsp dry active yeast

½ cup warm water

½ cup coconut milk

a pinch of salt

⅓ cup fresh grated coconut

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp melted butter/coconut oil

  1. Add 1 tsp sugar from the measured sugar to the warm water. Add yeast and mix.
  2. Cover the rest mixture and let it rest for 10 minutes or till the mixture becomes frothy.
  3. Mix plain flour, rice semolina, salt and sugar in a bowl.
  4. Add the vanilla extract, the yeast mixture, coconut milk and mix well.
  5. Cover the mixture and let it rest in a warm place for 1-1½ hours till it becomes nearly double the size and has fermented.
  6. Add coconut and mix well. Let the mixture rest for 30-45 minutes till it rises again.
  7. Heat an aebleskiver pan or an appe pan over low heat.
  8. Brush the cavities with the melted butter or coconut oil.
  9. Add some batter in each cavity till its full.
  10. Cover the pan and let the bread or pancake cook for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Take the lid off and turn each bread over and let it cook till done.
  12. Remove from the cavity and place the mofo gasy in a plate.
  13. Repeat steps 8-12 using the remaining batter.
  14. Serve the mofo gasy with maple syrup, honey or icing sugar drizzled over it, some sweet coffee and fresh fruit.


  • Use condensed milk instead of coconut milk. If using sweetened condensed milk, reduce the sugar.
  • Can replace the plain flour with wheat flour.
  • Add spices like cinnamon to the batter.

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mofo gasy

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You may want to check out the following:

Vary Sosoa _ Madagascar
baghrir – Morocco
Flautas – Mexico

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  • The Girl Next Door

    November 26, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    These pancakes look adorable! They surely sound delicious too! 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Priya.

  • poonampagar

    November 26, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Loved working with this theme di. Your share looks fab ! Awesome photography and i am sure the Mofo gasy tasted wonderful with dominating coconut flavors.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam, and I’m a bit partial to anything with coconut, so loved it.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    November 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Firstly, thanks for an amazing theme Mayuri ! Absolutely loved exploring the country’s cuisine .. this dessert / mini bites look absolutely smashing and Inviting ! My little one would love this a lot

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, its great finger food for kids.

  • simplysensationalfood

    November 26, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    These look delicious and very similar to panirayams. I like the sound of adding coconut to them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Nayna, tastes delicious with coconut.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    November 27, 2018 at 2:04 am

    One more new dish we are getting to know about from your post.. Is it also made traditionally in the appe pan ?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks Shobha and yes it is traditionally made in the appe or aebleskiver pan.

  • FoodTrails

    November 27, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Easy and delicious !! Loved these bite sized pancakes.. I am sure kids too will love these!! Nice share!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks Swaty, I’m sure kids would love it.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    November 27, 2018 at 11:40 am

    A new recipe for appe pan. Mofo gasy looks delish. Perfect share for the theme.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      thank you Sujata.

      1. Robert

        February 10, 2021 at 4:01 pm

        Is there any way to do this without the aebleskiver pan? Thank you

      2. mayurisjikoni

        February 10, 2021 at 10:36 pm

        Robert, pretty difficult to make mofo gasy without the aebleskiver pan as they are ball shaped pancakes or bread made from a liquidy batter. If you use a normal frying pan, they will be flat like normal pancakes.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    November 27, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I am in love not only with the recipe but with the pictures too. The mofo gasy must have tasted awesome. Thanks for this beautiful theme.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you Archana and most welcome.

  • Mildlyindian (@mildlyindian)

    November 28, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I absolutely love your new style of photography, looks minimalistic and the grapes are a stand out. I would love to try this recipe soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Seema, do try the recipe out and I can’t take the credit for the photos…goes to my daughter Namrata.

  • Vidya Narayan

    December 3, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Simple styling and fab photos Mayuriji! Please ensure your daughter stays for a little longer and helps you create some beautiful shots for the blog. The recipe is pretty simple, makes use of my fav appe pan and must be aromatic with the coconut milk too. I missed participating but am very happy looking at all the lovely entries for the theme.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much Vidya.. I wish she could stay longer, but she has to go to her home. Mofo gasy tasted really good with coconut and coconut milk added.

  • Heidi Roberts

    December 4, 2018 at 4:37 am

    What a fascinating idea – and a great choice of recipe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Heidi.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    December 4, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    WOW !!! how cute these Malagasy Breads are looking   I can gobble up right away di   Such a lovely pick for theme as well …

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Sasmita.

  • Preethicuisine

    December 16, 2018 at 8:31 am

    This is absolutely new dish for me. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. Clicks are making it even more tempting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 16, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

  • Veena Krishnakumar

    December 19, 2018 at 9:12 am

    These little bites looks so good Mayuri. This looks so much like our south indian appam. Lovely share. I am bookmarking this

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 19, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Veena, it does look like the South Indian appam and as I mentioned the cuisine in Madagascar is influenced by India which includes South India.

  • Sujata Shukla

    December 19, 2018 at 10:40 am

    So I learnt something new today! Cute little mofo gasy (the name is cute too!). It sounds delicious with the coconut milk, coconut and vanilla and the texture must be interesting too. So many options I see nowadays using the appe pan. The images in the post are lovely too!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 19, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata, I too love the name. And these cute Malagasy bread as they are called taste so delicious.

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