East African Donuts

Mandazi are those sweet and yummy East African donuts. They are known with different names depending on the Ethnic or location. Some called them Maandazi, Mahamri or Mamri. These are made from flour and deep fried in hot oil. They can also be baked for a healthier version. I LOVE Mandazi and i promise that you too will do if you try this recipe.


All purpose flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
Egg 1 Medium
Active dry yeast 1 Teaspoon (or baking powder)
Coconut milk 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (or whole milk)
Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon (or cardamom) (Optional)
Warm water 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (or as required, for deep frying)



1. In a small bowl, take warm water. Add dry yeast. Dissolve and Set aside for 5 minutes.

2. In another bowl, beat the egg and pour coconut milk to it. Mix well till incorporated.

3. Add the sugar to this and mix well. Pour the 1 tablespoon oil and stir well. Keep aside.


4. In a large bowl, add the 2 cups of flour, ground cinnamon and yeast mixture. Mix well.

5. Gradually pour the egg mixture and the remaining flour alternately and continuously kneading it to form soft dough that is not sticky.

6. Transfer the dough on a flat area and knead it for another 15 minutes till the dough is soft and elastic. If dough sticks to the hands, sprinkle some flour.

7. Cover the dough with a clean napkin and allow rising for 5 minutes.

8. Divide the dough into small balls.

9. Using a rolling pin roll the balls into thick circles. Take a knife shape them as desired (triangle or circle).

10. In a deep pan heat the oil on medium high and fry the Mandazi till golden brown.

11. Drain on a paper towel.


12. In a serving plate, serve it warm with any refreshing drink.


Variations of this can be made by adding bananas to make banana mandazi or any other flavour of choice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 584Calories from Fat 131

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g23.1%

Saturated Fat 8 g40%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 24 mg1%

Total Carbohydrates 100 g33.3%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 26 g

Protein 12 g24%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet