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mandazi spiced kenyan donuts

Spiced Kenyan Donuts (Mandazi)

  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
  • Yield: Approximately 20 Donuts
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Mandazi are delicious, crispy and fluffy Kenyan donuts, perfumed with cardamom and laden with coconutty richness. Enjoy with tea, coffee, or just on their own! 


  • 230g cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 20g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 8g instant yeast
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 75ml coconut cream
  • 35g butter
  • 1/8 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 23 Tbsp water


  1. Add wet ingredients to a bowl and mix together until combined.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  3. Knead the dough together until soft and sticky, then cover with a cloth and leave to prove for 1-2 hours.
  4. Roll out the dough and cut into squares.
  5. Drop the mandazi into oil preheated to 170 degrees celsius, and cook for 1-2 minutes per side.
  6. Drain on paper towel, then dust liberally with icing sugar and serve!
  • Prep Time: 2 Hours
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: African


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 77.48kcal
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 52.49mg
  • Fat: 2.57g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.75g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0,69g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.12g
  • Fiber: 0.26g
  • Protein: 1.34g
  • Cholesterol: 11.95mg

Keywords: Spiced Kenyan Donuts (Mandazi)

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