Maandazi (East African Donuts)

You know you are missing home when you spend the whole weekend making and eating food from home! Last weekend, I literary survived on Maandazi and Masala Tea, I ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday (totally a balanced diet πŸ˜‚).


I am yet to master the art of making yeast expand dough, so, my maandazi didn't rise as well and as much as I wanted them to. A good andazi has that airy inside very soft and bread like. I obviously didn't get that full bread-like inside judging from how compact the pieces look, however, they still tasted like I made heaven edible. Disclaimer, these little suckers are addictive πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ so make as many as possible.


  • 1ΒΌ or 1Β½ cups coconut milk (I guess you can use warm milk instead)

  • 4 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp ground Cardamon (or more, I love cardamom)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar (you can add or reduce)
  • 1 tbsp oil (optional)
  • oil for deep frying (depending on your pan)


  1. Dissolve yeast in ΒΌ cup coconut milk in your mixing bowl. Cover with a plastic wrap until the yeast rises (should take 5-7 minutes or so).
  2. Add into mixture the sugar, 1 tbsp oil, cardamon and mix.
  3. Add flour into mixture and mix. Gradually add the remaining coconut milk. If it gets too soft, you can add flour a little bit at a time if it’s too hard you can add coconut milk or water a tbsp at a time.
  4. On a flat floured surface, continue to knead the dough for 10 minutes until it becomes elastic. Move the dough to a clean lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth and let it rise.
  5. Once it has doubled in size, knead the dough for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. With a rolling pin, roll the dough to about 1/2 cm thin. Use a round cookie cutter or a similar utensil to cut the dough into regular shapes.
  7. Deep fry in vegetable oil until golden brown.

When done frying, keep your maandazi in a paper towel to drain any excessive oil. When they have cooled it’s better to put them in a tight container or plastic to stop them from becoming hard. Voila! Go on and feed yourself gorgeous young lad!