Mandazi which is also called Mahamri or Mamri is an East African deep-fried sweet bread. This soft textured snack is related to the Doughnut family, it has that soft texture of Bread when done right and it’s Soo… tasty.
Mandazi – Sweet Fried Bread
Though this is deep-fried but you will never know when eating it because the oil is not absorbed by the Bread it only cooks the dough from the outside.
You can serve this with Tea, Coffee, or a glass of Milk. You can as well try this with Fruit preserves, Jam or Caramel Sauce. They taste so sweet.
Notes: It is important to note that Mandazi turns brown pretty quickly during frying so you really have to keep an eye on it!
It is also very important not to overcrowd the Mandazi during frying so that each piece of dough piece can have enough space to move around and swell as well.
Sweet Fried Bread – Mandazi (Mahamri)
- 3 to 3½ cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes optional
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder substitute with Nutmeg or Cinnamon
- 1 Cup coconut milk
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar in the warm coconut milk. Let sit until foamy – about 5 minutes.
- In a separate large bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, coconut flakes, cardamom powder, sugar, and salt. Create a well at the center and pour in the proofed yeast, coconut milk, and egg. Mix together until a dough is formed.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until it becomes smooth and elastic. Put the dough into a large oiled bowl, cover it up and leave it to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour in a warm place.
- Punch down the air from the dough and transfer it to a floured work surface. Divide it into 8 hand-sized pieces and form balls.
- Roll out each piece into about a quarter-inch thick circle then divide each circle into 8 triangular pieces and leave to rest again for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Preheat some cooking oil to about 350°F (180˚C). Working in batches, gently place the mandazi in the hot oil (do not overcrowd) and fry on both sides. About 2-3 minutes per side until the mandazi becomes golden brown.
- Remove from heat, drain on a paper towel and enjoy!
Wednesday 10th of February 2021
Thank you for this beautiful recipe. For the coconut powder ingredient listed is that coconut flour, coconut milk powder, or coconut flakes grounded to a powdery consistency? Thank you for your feedback!
Chef Lola's Kitchen
Friday 6th of May 2022
It is Coconut flakes. Coconut flakes are a larger version of dried shredded coconut.
Sunday 7th of February 2021
Friday 8th of January 2021
I come from Kenya and you nailed it on that Mahamri recipee. I loved it
Friday 30th of April 2021
Saturday 16th of May 2020
I loved the flaky chapati recipe. It worked out perfectly thanks to you. Going to try out this one. Blessings.