East African Mandazi is a doughnut like deep fried delight which has cinnamon flavor to it. It can be eaten for breakfast alongside hot tea.
I am a big fan of fried dough recipes. African Mandazi resembles our Kerala traditional snack called vettu cake/ Bake appam which I can eat without limits. But this one is more softer and has a hollow center when you open it. My daughter likes such snacks just like me. She even loves the African doughnut drops which I posted sometine back. If you haven’t seen it, click here to see that recipe.
I started exploring African cuisine more in Pinterest and I understood that it resembles our Indian food a lot. They have chapathi and spicy curries like us. And most of the snack items are similar too. I found that even they make pazham pori/ banana fritters like us. Yeah there are few differences in the ingredients but the base is same I feel. I have saved many more African recipes in my Pinterest account and will try each one out soon. Btw I got this recipe from The YouTube channel Ihuihi.
- 3 Cups all purpose flour
- 2 Tsp baking powder
- ¼ Tsp cinnamon powder/ cardamom powder
- pinch of salt
- ½ Cup sugar
- ½ Cup milk/ coconut milk
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp oil/ melted butter
- powdered sugar
- In a bowl add flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt. Mix
- In another bowl add sugar, milk, egg and oil and whisk until well combined.
- POur the wet mixture into the dry mix.
- Mix well first with a spoon and then knead it with hands for 5 minutes.
- Let the dough rest for an hour.
- Divide the dough into two. Roll out the dough into 1 inch thickness.
- Cut the dough into cubes and deep fry until golden brown on both sides for 2 minutes.
- Dust it with powdered sugar and it’s ready to eat.