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a plate of mandazi african donuts dusted with powdered sugar
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Mandazi, African Donuts

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • vegetable oil for frying donuts


  • In a small bowl mix the yeast and warm water and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast dissolves.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, add flour, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon and mix. Add vegetable oil, egg, coconut milk, sugar and yeast mixture.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan, or a wok works well for this.
  • 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 1/2 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.
  • Sprinkle with powder sugar and enjoy.