Mandazi, African Donuts

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Mandazi, African Donuts – light, fluffy and incredibly tasty.


I’ve been really sick this weekend with a sore throat and the last thing I wanted to do is cook.

But I was in the mood for some donuts. :) I wanted something different though, and surfing through the web I came across this African donuts recipe. I was delighted. Don’t get me wrong, most donuts recipes are pretty similar but these donuts are with coconut milk which is what I think makes them special.

They were wonderful, so tasty, light and fluffy, not too sweet, so I sprinkled some powdered sugar over them, just fabulous.

So give it a try, it’s a wonderful treat for a weekend. This recipe will make lots of donuts, didn’t count them all, but I had 1 large bowl full of donuts, plenty to share with friends.


Mandazi, African Donuts
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Serves: lots
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • vegetable oil for frying donuts
  1. In a small bowl mix the yeast and warm water and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast dissolves.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add flour, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon and mix. Add vegetable oil, egg, coconut milk, sugar and yeast mixture.
  3. Using the hook attachment mix everything until the dough is not too sticky and it does no longer stick to the side of the bowl, add additional flour as needed.
  4. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about an hour until the dough rises a bit.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan, or a wok works well for this.
  6. Cut the dough in about 6 pieces to make it easier to roll and cut. Roll each piece so that the dough is about 1 cm (less than ½ inch) in thickness. Cut into triangles and place in hot oil. Fry on both sides. Place donuts on paper towels to soak up the oil. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. Sprinkle with powder sugar and enjoy.


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  1. Nicole says

    Just didn’t say when to add the sugar (which I assumed was when mixing the dry ingredients), tho my son was putting together for a class project and he didn’t catch it and they weren’t so good without the sugar. Remade dough with my help and they are delish…. Thank you!

  2. says

    I’ve never heard of African donuts, but I’d definitely give this a try. They look so soft and delicious! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for always inspiring me with your creations…

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