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Today’s Cravings: Mandazi! (Plus, a simple recipe)

It’s Sunday afternoon and guess what I’m craving: mandazis. Or, as they call it in English, deep-fried, pouchy bread. These aren’t just cravings; they’re good memories of what I used to run for when I had five shillings. Back when I was growing up. Do you know how to make them at home? Well, if not, let’s dive into today’s short article, ‘How to Make Mandazi.’

four mandazis on a white plate

What I love most, and I believe you may too, is enjoying something you’ve made yourself. Or, in another case, you may also save some coins if you have a large family.

So, here’s how to go about it.

How to make mandazi

Ingredients

Flour, Milk, oil, salt, sugar, and a beaten egg
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Oil

Note, you’re the one to know what portions of each ingredient you’ll use. The number in your household determines that. Or the number of people you’re expecting to enjoy your Mandazis with.

I’ll give you a simple pro tip that I usually go for. That is, 1 1/2 cup of flour always gives around 20 mandazis.

Procedure

  1. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the egg and milk until the dough comes together.
  3. Knead your dough until smooth. 
  4. Roll out one portion of dough into a circle. Then cut into your desired number of triangles or any other shape that you prefer. 
  5. Repeat the process with the remaining portions of dough.
  6. Heat the oil in a cooking pot until it’s hot enough.
  7. Fry your mandazis for around 3 minutes on every side until golden brown. 
  8. Drain them. 

And there, you know how to make mandazi, serve and enjoy!

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