Easy and simple way to prepare Maandazi


Maandazi as majority of this region call it but the coastal refers to it as Mahamri is a popular African snack

It is great in the morning for breakfast or at any time of the day.

They are normally served with a cup of hot tea or any beverage of choice.

Mixing and kneading does not take long and it requires few ingredients.


3 cups all purpose flour

1 level teaspoon instant yeast

½ cup sugar or as desired

1 tablespoon grounded cardamom powder

¾ coconut milk or dairy milk

3 table spoons cooking oil

Enough oil for deep frying



Dilute the yeast in a cup of little water, like 2 tablespoons.

Sieve the flour and then add sugar and cardamom directly into the sieved flour.

Add the 3 tablespoons of oil until well mixed with the other ingredients.

Add the diluted yeast.

Start kneading with the coconut milk or the milk adding a little at a time until you have a good soft (but firm, not sticky) dough.

Knead it for about 20 minutes

To check that it’s been kneaded enough, roll it into a ball and using a sharp knife, make a deep slit through it, it should look slightly bubbly on the inside.

Divide the dough into your desired sized balls.

Cover the balls and let them sit to rise

After 1 hour place each ball on a floured surface roll and into four pieces or your desired shaped and sizes

After sitting for 20 more minutes,

Add enough oil into your sufuria or deep frying pan using a medium sized heat start frying your maandazi.

If the oil is hot enough to use, bubbles will immediately come up from where the tip touches the bottom of the pan. If no bubbles come up, then give the oil a few more minutes to heat up and test again.

Put your maandazi sections into the hot oil, splash the oil over them to help them puff up, don’t let them puff too high before turning otherwise they can form cracks.

When they start puffing up, turn them over.

This is after they have puffed and been turned over. Now fry until the color changes into light brown or golden as per your preference

Remove them from the hot oil and continue frying the remaining dough until all are done.