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 πŸ™‚




700g self raising flour

6 Tbsp sugar

2 eggs

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 wetΒ  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





24 comments on “Easy Mandazi recipe”

  1. I have never heard of these before but now I am desperate to make some! Love that you can shape them too. So interesting to try food from other countries and cultures and I will admit African food is not commonly on my menu at home.

  2. Looks easy to make and they look delish! Since I am big fun of mandazis, I am sure i’ll love them. How come you’ve never shared the ones you made though πŸ˜•

    • Yes Jenny… you have to try them. They are delicious πŸ™‚ Please let me know what you and the family thought if you do make them πŸ™‚

  3. These remind me a bit of sufganiyah — which is a Jewish donut! We usually eat them around Chanukah! I love this post — I love reading about other cultures and learning , especially when it comes to food.

    Great post! x


    • Oh… now I have to find a recipe for sufganiyah πŸ™‚ I also love discovering different cultures and there is no better way than through food πŸ™‚ Thanks for the lovely comment Michelle xx

  4. Mmmmmmmm! These sound delicious. I can’t wait to make some for my own family. Plus…Great idea to send some food to school for your kiddos class. Love it! ❀️

    • Thanks Jenna… we go to a small school, the kids often bring stuff to share with friends πŸ™‚ Hope you get to try the mandazis for your family and let me know what they thought xx

  5. Love this! I will have to give it a go! Yes it sounds like donuts! I’ll have to make them and try them out! Thanks for sharing on Instagram love! ❀️
    -Diana (@SheLeavesALittleSparkle1)

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