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Manda Recipe Kenya Tanzania Uganda
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Mandazi: East African doughnuts with a slightly crunchy exterior and light fluffy interior. Sweet but not too sweet. Perfect for pairing with tea or coffee. This is one treat you'll want to make over and over again.

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: African, East African
Keyword: Mandazi
Servings: 50 doughnuts
Calories: 63 kcal
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons oil I used corn oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  1. Place lukewarm water in a bowl then add the yeast to it. Add sugar, egg, milk and stir well. Add the flour, cinnamon, cardamom and salt then stir to form a dough.

  2. Place the dough onto a floured board and knead, sprinkling flour as needed  (avoid over sprinkling flour as this will yield a hard dough). Knead until the dough comes together. It's okay if it is still slightly sticky.

  3. Flour a board then form dough into a board and place on it. Roll out into a rectangle that is ¼ inch thick. Cut the rolled out dough into squares then cut the squares across into triangles.

  4. Let the cut-out dough rest for 20 minutes.

  5. Pour oil in a pan up to 3 or 4 inches. Heat up oil then fry the doughnuts for about 2 minutes on each side.

  6. Serve warm with tea or coffee.

Recipe Notes

1. I do not let my dough rise the first time because I want my Mandazi to be ready in no time. This recipe only takes about 1 hour!

2. Nutritional information is per doughnut.