Homemade Mandazi Recipe – Authentic East African Doughnuts


Discover the art of crafting mouth watering homemade Mandazi, a beloved East African delight resembling doughnuts. Dive into this step-by-step recipe for a taste of East African culinary tradition and warmth.


For the Dough:

  • 2 cups of high-quality all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of fine granulated sugar (adjust to your sweetness preference)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom (for a burst of exotic flavour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (for a subtle, warm aroma)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg (to awaken your senses)
  • 2 tablespoons of premium melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of rich and creamy coconut milk or regular milk (adjust for ideal dough consistency)
  • 1 large, farm-fresh egg (optional, for a luxuriously soft dough)

For Frying:

  • High-quality vegetable oil for deep frying

Optional Toppings:

  • Pure powdered sugar for a delicate dusting
  • Exquisite fruit jams or golden honey for an opulent drizzle


Crafting the Dough:

  1. Begin your culinary journey by sifting two cups of premium all-purpose flour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in a quarter cup of fine granulated sugar, precisely tailored to your desired sweetness level.
  3. Add a teaspoon of baking powder, a pinch of fine sea salt, and a quarter teaspoon each of ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg to infuse your dough with an exotic, aromatic blend.
  4. In a separate container, combine two tablespoons of the finest melted butter or vegetable oil, half a cup of rich coconut milk (or regular milk), and, if you seek unparalleled richness, a large, farm-fresh egg.
  5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until they harmoniously unite, forming a soft, supple dough. Adjust the milk quantity as needed to achieve the perfect consistency. Knead this mixture gently for a few minutes until it achieves a smooth, non-sticky texture.

Sculpting the Mandazi:

  1. On a lightly floured surface, lovingly roll out the dough to an exquisite quarter-inch thickness.
  2. Sculpt the dough into your preferred shapes, whether they be charming triangles, elegant squares, or tantalizing rectangles. Employ a knife or decorative cookie cutter to achieve your desired form.

Frying the Mandazi:

  1. Elevate your culinary prowess by heating a generous quantity of high-quality vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or pot to a precise range of 350-375°F (175-190°C).
  2. Gently submerge the pieces of Mandazi into the shimmering oil, allowing them to bask in the heat, a few at a time, ensuring they aren’t crowded.
  3. Fry with tender care until they achieve a golden brown hue and inflate beautifully. Typically, this takes about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Retrieve these delectable treasures with a slotted spoon, allowing them to rest briefly on paper towels, gracefully draining any excess oil.

Serving and Savoring:

  1. Bestow your masterpiece upon eager taste buds while still warm, a delightful snack or a decadent breakfast treat.
  2. For a touch of elegance, dust the Mandazi with pure powdered sugar or bestow upon them a drizzle of exquisite fruit jams or golden honey, for an unparalleled symphony of flavours.