This chopped vegetable salad is found all over Madagascar. It is served on its own, as an hors d’œuvre, or as an accompaniment to stews, designed to cut through the fatty food the Malagasy love. At the markets, stall-holders chop the ingredients with a mandoline, and it can be bought ready-made. malagasy mustard seeds are tiny, rather like poppy seeds, so do not need to be crushed. The ones you but in Britain do.


a white cabbage, shredded

6 carrots, grated

3 onions, halved and finely sliced

100 g (4 oz) French or runner beans, sliced

handful of fresh peanuts, crushed




2 very small red chillies, chopped

25 g (1 oz) fresh root ginger, chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

100 ml (4 fl oz) groundnut oil

40 ml (1 fl oz) white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon mustard seeds, crushed

teaspoon ground turmeric


First mix together all the ingredients for the dressing. Toss the vegetables in the dressing, sprinkle with the peanuts and season with salt to taste.


Serves 6 - 8


country : Madagascar

course : salad


source : Floyd on Africa / Keith Floyd