I have loved mandazis my whole life… I don’t think there’s a Kenyan who can claim not to love them. In my childhood, these used to replace the daily breakfast toast on special occasions, and also made for a great snack with the after school tea.
These little beauties are very popular all over East Africa… I want to say they are the equivalent of a donut? – I could be wrong though… but who cares as long as they are delish! Rumour has it that the best mandazis are found in coastal towns like Mombasa… and this might just be true because at Pinewood I have had some of the best I’ve ever had in my life!
I recently decided to finally attempt making them, and after some failed attempts, I finally nailed them. This recipe is now a family favourite. Imani requests these every other week to take to friends at school. They are easy to make, and so delicious with a hot cup of tea or coffee. The kids will love them. So come on, try something different with this recipe and let me know what you think 🙂
700g self raising flour
6 Tbsp sugar
1 cup coconut milk
1-2 Tbsp cinnamon/cardamom or all spice
Enough oil to deep fry
1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and coconut milk
3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and all the wet ingredients and slowly mix into dough
4. Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes, or until it stops sticking to the sides of the bowl, and you have a smooth dough
5. Cover the bowl with the dough with a damp cloth and rest it for 15 minutes
6. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 1cm thick piece
7. Cut into desired shapes using a knife or cutters. I used a round cookie cutter for mine. Deep fry for 1 minute on each side, until golden brown
Serve warm or cool