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Easy Mandazi

Easy Mandazi- East African Beignet made easier and quicker with self-rising flour or baking powder.
Course Snack
Cuisine African
Keyword easy recipes, fried snack, quick and easy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -5
Calories 103kcal
Author AfricanBites


  • 2 cups all purpose flour plus more
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon salt
  •  ¼ -1/3 cup cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamom spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg or cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tablespoons grated coconut or coconut flakes
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk /coconut milk
  • warm water as needed
  • 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 powder, 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


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg