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Mandazi: the famous pancakes of the Swahili coast

Sweet temptations scented with spices and coconut

05-11-2022 di redazione

The mahamri or mandazi is a very popular pancake on the Kenyan coast. It is excellent for breakfast with coffee, as a snack with tea or at the end of a meal, perhaps with a light custard. Another original idea is to prepare it savoury and stuff it like a panzerotto. it is often triangular in shape but it is easy to find round or oval.

Ingredients for 16 mahamri

3 cups flour
3 teaspoons of instant yeast
5 or 6 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom powder (1 teaspoon of cinnamon if desired)
3/4 cup coconut milk
Half a cup of cow's milk (add a little at a time, you may need less)
Oil for frying


Sift the flour, add the baking powder, sugar and cardamom and for those who like cinnamon too, mix everything with wooden spoon. Start adding the coconut milk a little at a time, then continue with the cow's milk, mix until you get a good soft dough (firm, not sticky). Knead and work with both hands for about 15/20 minutes or until the mixture becomes smooth and elastic and form a ball.
Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a clean towel and place in a warm area of the house. This will allow the dough to rise and double in size (it will take about 3 hours).
Once the dough has risen, divide the ball into four equal parts, roll out each section with a rolling pin into 15-20cm circles and divide them with a knife into four wedges.
Place each slice on a floured surface and leave them to rise a second time for between 15 minutes and 1 hour.
Put some seed oil in a deep frying pan or wok, and when the oil is hot, dip 4 "triangles" at a time, turning them from time to time, perhaps with tongs to avoid cracks forming. When they swell and reach a uniform golden colour, drain them and place them on a sheet of absorbent paper.
It is advisable to leave them to cool, but for those with a sweet tooth the temptation to eat them warm will be uncontrollable.


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