Malawax (Somali Pancakes)

This has to be one of my favourite weekend breakfast. Growing up, I will never forget the sweet smell of malawax early in the morning that my mother used to make every weekend. If you woke up too late, you ended up with an empty plate, as these delicious pancakes were never left too long. There are many variations of how Somalis make their malawax. I have tried many, and this is my personal favourite. It’s simple, quick and easily adaptable to your own taste.

Malawax (Somali Pancakes)

These pancakes are great for breakfast or as a snack anytime during the day! With a bit of creativity, it can also easily be turned into a mouthwatering dessert!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 pancakes
Author Muna


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar optional


  1. Add all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until a smooth batter forms.
  2. Place a non-stick frying pan on medium heat.
  3. When the pan heats up, brush lightly some oil over the pan.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter in the center of the pan and spread the batter by moving the pan in circular motion till it covers all edges.
  5. Cook the malawax for two minutes.
  6. Brush the top lightly with some oil again and flip the pancake.
  7. Cook for another minute and then remove from the pan and place it on a plate.
  8. Cover to keep warm and continue with the rest of the batter until finished.

Recipe Notes

 You can add sugar into the recipe, or omit this and add it later. Traditionally, malawax is eaten by drizzling some melted butter or oil with sugar or honey on top. Alternatively, you can easily spread some nutella on top as well. Personally, we like to add the sugar in the recipe, and sometimes just drizzle some honey on top for extra sweetness.

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