Mandazi are a perfect after-school snack. Or for those afternoons when you are hosting a chama or home fellowship. Yaani if I host Wisdom Mothers and there are no mandazi, there is a revolt.
Me and these mini bites have a love-hate relationship because some days they soaked in oil, other days they were chewy, other days they came out right. I documented all the twists I made to people's recipes and this works for me. So yes, I think I have found my perfect recipe for mandazi.
Try it out and tell me what you think.
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp margarine
- 1/3 cup sugar (you can use half as they were still too sweet)
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cardamon/ lemon zest
- 1/2 cup mala room temperature
- 1/4 cup warm water/milk
- Mix flour with baking powder, cardamon or lemon zest, margarine, salt and sugar with hands till you have soft crumbly flour.
- Add mala then water sparingly till you have a dough that's just combined. Don't over mix.
- Leave for 30 minutes for dough to rest.
- Deep fry in hot oil.
- Enjoy with a cuppa tea.