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

  1. Mix flour with baking powder, cardamon or lemon zest, margarine, salt and sugar with hands till you have soft crumbly flour.
  2. Add mala then water sparingly till you have a dough that's just combined. Don't over mix.
  3. Leave for 30 minutes for dough to rest.
  4. Deep fry in hot oil.
  5. Enjoy with a cuppa tea.