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Mandazi Recipe

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Mandazi Recipe

Mandazi is East African doughnuts/fried bread, and it's fluffy and spiced with cardamom, nutmeg. Mandazi is similar to doughnuts but not as sweet. Depending on what part of Africa you from, the recipe changes just a little. You can eat it as a snack or as part of your breakfast. I hope you enjoy it!


3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp instant dry yeast

1 tsp baking powder (optional)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp salt

2 large eggs

1/2 cup warm milk

Canola oil for frying

Extra flour for rolling out the dough


In a stand mixer bowl with a dough hook  attachment, or large bowl, add 3 cups of flour and the rest of the dry ingredients and mix them well.

Add the eggs and start mixing it on low, then pour the warm milk slowly and mix them.

Turn the dough on a floured surface and knead them, adding the remaining flour, little at a time until the dough is not too sticky when touched, or until smooth about 1 -2 minutes.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and brush a little bit of oil on top of it to coat it.

Cover with a plastic wrap and clean kitchen towel and let rise in a room temperature for about 1 to 2 hours.

In a deep saucepan, pour in oil about halfway. Heat the oil on medium-high heat.

Roll out the dough into 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut the dough to the size you like. (To check if the oil is ready, drop a little dough, if it starts to bubble, then it is ready)

Fry  a few at of time, and don’t overcrowd the pan. Fry both sided until golden brown about 2-3 minutes depending on size. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Let it cool down little before you serve them.




Categories: breakfast, snack

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