East African Mandazi/Mahamri Recipe
What Is Mandazi/Mahamri?
Mandazi/mahamri is a popular East African snack that is similar to a lightly sweetened donut or fried bread. It can be eaten any time of day, but it is especially common for breakfast or with afternoon tea.
- 1 cup milk or buttermilk
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (for mandazi), or 1 teaspoon yeast (for mahamri)
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 8 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- Oil, for frying
- Mix the dry ingredients in a wide bowl.
- Pour the milk or buttermilk slowly into the flour mixture as you knead to form a soft dough.
- Let the dough rest for about 20 minutes.
- Knead the dough again and divide into 4 big balls.
- Roll the dough and cut to the desired shape. For mandazi/mahamri with a fleshy crust, roll out a thick dough. If you prefer those that are hollow, roll out a thin dough.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan and fry the cut shapes for an average of 2 minutes, until golden brown.
- Serve with your favourite beverage or stew.
- Note: If you wish, you can substitute cinnamon or lemon zest for the coconut.
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