Ramadan Recipes: Mandazi

  • Publish date: Thursday، 12 October 2023
Ramadan Recipes: Mandazi

Mandazi, delicious fried dough treats, have their roots in the Swahili Coast of East Africa. These triangular-shaped delights are beloved snacks in Tanzania and Kenya, known for their mild sweetness and delightful texture. Often, they are made using coconut milk, and when they are, they go by the names "mahamri" or "mamri." Mandazi is a popular and culturally significant snack, often enjoyed during special occasions and gatherings throughout the region.

Mandazi holds a special place during Ramadan in East Africa. This sweet fried pastry is a favorite for iftar, the evening meal breaking the fast. Its mild sweetness complements the savory dishes and brings families and communities together, symbolizing unity and spiritual nourishment during this holy month.

  • Ingredients

    • 5 Minutes
    • 5 Serving
    • 300 Calories


1 tsp. instant yeast
1 tsp. ground cardamom
2¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
¼–⅓ cup sugar
½ cup full-fat coconut milk
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil (for bowl and frying; about 8 cups)
Chai, sweetened condensed milk, or Nutella (for serving)
  • Method & Directions

    • 60 Minutes
  1. Combine Dry Ingredients
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Whisk yeast, cardamom, 2¼ cups all-purpose flour, and ¼–⅓ cup sugar, depending on your sweetness preference, in a large bowl to combine.
  2. Mix Wet Ingredients and Combine
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Whisk coconut milk, butter, and ¼ cup water in a measuring glass. Microwave until lukewarm, about 15 seconds. (Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan until lukewarm.) Pour into dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until incorporated. Dough will appear shaggy and a bit dry.
  3. Knead and Let Dough Rise
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until soft and dough springs back when gently pressed, 13–15 minutes. (Alternatively, you can knead in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook on medium speed, 8–10 minutes.) Transfer dough to an oiled large bowl, cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  4. Shape Dough
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Transfer the dough back to a lightly floured surface, cut into 4 equal portions, and roll each portion into ⅛"–¼"-thick rounds. Cut each round into 4–6 triangle-shaped portions, depending on the desired size.
  5. Fry Mandazi
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Pour oil into a large pot to come 2" up sides, clip thermometer to sides, and heat over medium until thermometer registers 325°. Working in batches of 2 or 3, carefully drop dough pieces into oil. They will sink at first, then float to the surface. Once they come to the surface, cook, pushing down, pouring oil over, and turning (this will ensure they puff up and are hollow in the center), until deep golden brown, 5–7 minutes. Using a spider or slotted spoon, transfer mandazi to paper towels and let drain.
  6. Serve and Enjoy
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Serve warm with chai, sweetened condensed milk, or Nutella.
  • Nutrition Facts

Calories 300
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