Easy Mandazi- East African Beignet made easier and quicker with self-rising flour or baking powder.
If do not know already. Let me tell you something about me. Am obsessed with Mandazi, hopeless in love with them. I get so excited whenever it is on the menu and it is not very often, for obvious reasons. It is not figure friendly. But when I do have it I make sure I indulge. I go overboard, I make them for breakfast, snack on them during the day and then have them for dessert. I tell myself, if I were to die today – I would die happy.
One of the things that excites me about these Mandazi is the custom of adding freshly grated coconut, cardamom and nutmeg spice into the dough. A concept alien to me but one I have come to love. I did not care much for cardamom seeds until I started making mandazi’s and then it is now a staple in my pantry.
This is the super quick version, yeast free, made with self rising flour or baking powder and ready in less than no time. Can I get thumbs up? Thank you.
Now, I need for you to make it. Start with this and then try the rest. If you want to take it over the top. Serve it with caramel sauce.
- ▪ ½ cup warm water
- ▪ 2½ teaspoon baking powder
- ▪ ¼ -1/3 cup sugar
- ▪ ½ teaspoon salt
- ▪ 2 cups all purpose flour plus more
- ▪ 2-3 Tablespoons grated coconut or coconut flakes
- ▪ ½ teaspoon crushed cardamom spice
- ▪ ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg or cinnamon
- ▪ ½ cup evaporated milk /coconut milk
- ▪ 1 large egg
- ▪ 3 tablespoon melted butter
- ▪ Powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar to sprinkle
- ▪ Caramel sauce
- Vegetable oil for deep-frying
- ▪ In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking salt, sugar, cardamom spice and nutmeg. Whisk together
- ▪ Gently add all the liquid ingredients, eggs, butter and milk. Combine until mixture comes together and dough is smooth. If it is too sticky add a little bit of flour. If too hard add a little bit of water. Dough should not be too sticky, when touched, err on the side of less flour than more flour.
- Roll out dough in to 1 inch thick. Cut in bite size pieces or triangles like in the picture.
- ▪ In a large,
- sauce pan
- pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches (or about 5 centimeters) high (too little will result in flatter mandazi and place on medium heat until oil is 350 degrees.
- ▪ Fry until golden brown about 3-5 minutes depending on size. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkin. Serve warm