MANDAZI the African Sweet donuts


Since I am on cooking spree and I cannot accessibly have a grip on some of my favourite foods, I have embarked on making these meals in my kitchen. I will be sharing some of my recipes here on my blog.

The word ‘’Mandazi’’ originates from Swahili (East African coast). It refers sweet deep fried bread (donuts) made from wheat. It is favourites to many in East Africans and basically served as an accompaniment with tea, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I love madazi and I when the craving set in, I decided to try out my old fashion recipe.

Mandazi made from my kitchen

Mandazi made from my kitchen


  • For 250 grams (1/2kg) of wheat flour you will need:
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 teaspoonful of sugar
  • 150 grams of butter or 150 ml of liquid oil (pre-heated)
  • One teaspoonful of baking powder
  • You can add in cardamom or cinnamon or the orange zest for flavour – Half a teaspoon
  • 50 ml of milk
  • 100ml of water to make the dough


  1. Make the dough and leave it for 30 mins for the baking powder to rise.
  2. Roll it out of the board, cut in small pieces and deep fry in boiling cooking oil
  3. Serve and enjoy
The mandazi dough rolled out and cut into small pieces

The mandazi dough rolled out and cut into small pieces 


  • You could use castor sugar or raw sugar. I prefer raw sugar as it adds the crunchy taste on every bite.
  • I use pre-heated cooking oil- I find it that preheating the oil eases the process of making the door.
  • I use oil instead of butter; the milk compensates for the butter and cuts on the calories in each bite in the long run.
  • You can adjust the ingredients basing on how much grams of wheat flour you are using.
  • You can cut the pieces in any shape you like. Possibly triangles of squares
  • You could sprinkle a little castor sugar after they are ready to be served.

Bon appétit,



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