Mandazi (also known as Maandazi/Ndao and sometimes called Mahamri or Mamri) are East African doughnuts. They are also very popular for breakfast with Chai, or as a snack during the day. Often one can see vendors selling them in the street where they are made as the customer waits. As to whether there is a difference between mandazis and mahamris, the major difference is that mahamris use plain flour and yeast while mandazis use self raising flour and no yeast (at least that is the difference in Kenya).




1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 cups white flour
2 tsp. baking powder

Bring all ingredients to room temperature before mixing them together. Mix all the ingredients together, adding more flour if necessary. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. Roll the dough on a lightly floured board until it is about 1/4 inch think. Cut into triangles and fry in hot oil. Fry until both sides are golden brown. Remove mandazi from oil and drain on paper towels or newspaper. Mandazi are best served warm.

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