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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 24
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 128.4
  • Total Fat: 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 47.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 19.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 2.0 g

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Mandazi is an East African donut. They are not as sweet American donuts and do not have frosting or glazing. Mandazi is an East African donut. They are not as sweet American donuts and do not have frosting or glazing.
Number of Servings: 24


    2 cups warm water
    2 tsp baking powder -- or -- one teaspoon dry yeast
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    one-half cup sugar
    one-quarter tsp spice (one or more of the following to total one-quarter teaspoon: cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, ginger)
    2 tbs butter, margarine, or vegetable oil
    one-quarter cup warm milk (optional)
    1 egg, lightly beaten (optional)
    pinch of salt
    oil for deep frying


When calculating the nutritional information the optional ingredients were not included and 1/2 cup of oil was added to account for oil absorbed during the frying process.

All ingredients should be room temperature. If using yeast: mix the yeast with a few spoonfuls of the warm water.

In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder (if not using yeast), sugar, and spice (cardamom is most common in Eastern Africa). Add the yeast.

Mix the water, butter (or margarine, or oil), milk, and egg together. Gradually add this mixture to the flour while kneading into dough. (If not using milk and egg use additional water as necessary.)

Knead until a smooth and elastic dough is formed -- fifteen to twenty minutes. If using yeast: Place dough in a clean bowl, cover with a cloth, and allow to rise in a warm place (such as on oven that has been heated to 30 °C then turned off) for an hour or more. If using baking powder, let dough rest for several minutes.

Divide the dough into several pieces. Roll the dough until it is about 1/2 inch. Cut the dough into the shape you want. (Triangles, half circles and rectangles are popular choices.) Some cooks (when using yeast) place the doughs on a cookie sheet and let them rise a second time.

Heat a few cups of vegetable oil to 300°C in a skillet or deep pot. Fry the dough in the hot oil, turning a few times, until they are golden brown all over. Fry only as many together as can float in the oil without touching one another. Place on paper towels to drain. Serve warm.

Number of Servings: 24

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SZABINA.

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  • Incredible!
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    Mandazi kwa chai ya maziwa ni best...umenikumbusha nyumbani :-) - 2/3/11

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  • They took a while to make but were very good. I sprinkled a few of these with a cinnamon sugar which was also a nice touch for very few added calories. - 9/24/20

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  • Interesting - 5/23/20

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  • I've not heard of this before but they sounds very good. I am going to try and will rate after I do. - 5/18/20

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  • Mmm.. they sound so good! - 4/19/20

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