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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Mandazi / Mahamri (East African Doughnuts)


          Mandazi or Mahamri is a traditional breakfast of East Africa, especially Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Preparing these yummy deep fried doughnuts brought back few fond memories. As a resident of Nairobi a couple of years back, I had the privilege of relishing them. In fact, my house help introduced me to these yummy small bites. 

           It is actually a very popular street food sold in all street corners and enjoyed by the local Swahili  people. They are served warm with a cup of hot tea / coffee. Absolutely easy and a simple recipe but full of flavours, especially from the cardamom. Cinnamon too can be added instead. So do give it a try and enjoy for breakfast a la Swahili style. 






           

  • 1 cup plain flour 
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • pinch of salt 
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • warm milk as required 
  • oil to deep fry





          Mix together flour and butter till it resembles bread crumbs. Then add all the other ingredients (except milk) and knead into a dough. Add milk if required. Cover with a damp cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes. 

          Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll out each portion into a circle of 1/4" thickness. Cut into squares with a pizza cutter. 

          Heat oil in a pan and deep fry in batches till till light golden in colour. Drain on a kitchen towel and dust with some powdered sugar. Enjoy for breakfast with a hot cup of tea / coffee.








          











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