Mandazi Recipe

These delectable fried pastries, known as “African donuts,” are a beloved treat across the country. Originating from the heart of Kenyan culture, Mandazis offer a delightful blend of softness on the inside and a slight crispiness on the outside. Join us as we guide you through the steps of creating these mouthwatering delights, allowing you to immerse yourself in the authentic flavors of Kenya’s street food scene and enjoy a taste of this East African delight.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or regular milk)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, ground cardamom, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Pour in the melted butter and coconut milk (or regular milk). Mix well until a soft, slightly sticky dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes until it becomes smooth.
  4. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for about 20-30 minutes.
  5. After resting, divide the dough into small equal portions and shape them into balls.
  6. Roll out each ball into a circle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan over medium heat. The oil should be about 2 inches deep.
  8. Carefully place the rolled-out dough circles into the hot oil, frying them until they turn golden brown on both sides. Use a slotted spoon to flip and remove them from the oil.
  9. Place the fried Mandazis on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

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