African food is new for me. This Mandazi Recipe is actually the only African food I have ever made. There is a Global foods group on Instagram I am part of, to challenge myself as a foodie. This month’s challenge was African foods. It was great to do a little research and learn more about this area and their food preferences. Someday I will visit Africa!
Now, I was running short on time for this challenge and I needed something I already the ingredients for. In searching, I came across the idea of mandazi, I knew I needed to try it! It is a lightly sweetened fried….donut. I guess it is very similar to a beignet. I sweetened mine a little more than most recipes I saw, but only as a personal preference.
The recipe is simple. I looked through several different recipes and combined a bunch of them to make a recipe I like. It is a straight dough method, which basically means you throw everything into the mixing bowl and mix it together. So simple!
It takes about 5-7 minutes to mix. It should be nice and smooth.
Allow to it to rise.
Now, it seems there are a lot of different opinions on shapes for Mandazi, but a good friend of our’s from Kenya said triangles were traditional to his area. That sounded good to me, so triangles it was. So, cut in whatever shape you prefer.
To cut into triangles, roll a rectangle about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Cut the rectangle down to squares.
Then cut each square in half on the diagonal.
Now, heat the oil in a cast iron skillet if you have one. I love cast iron as it holds heat so well and is an even heat. My have had my Lodge Cast Iron skillets for a very long time.
Now, fry the mandazi until a deep golden brown on each side.
From what I read, they can be eaten right away. You can make them in the evening for the next morning’s breakfast. You can also make them in the morning for breakfast and also for lunch or dinner the next day. There are tons of variations of Mandazi recipes, this is a variation adapted to our family’s preferences.
If you are looking for a fun new global foods recipe, you should definitely check this one out! This Mandazi Recipe really is simple to make and so yummy!
Looking for other bread recipes? I have plenty!