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Austin reed logo. These simple donuts from east africa known as mandazi have a hint of cardamom and can be served as a sweet treat or alongside curry. The ingredients typically used to make mandazi include water sugar flour yeast and milk. When coconut milk is added mandazi are commonly referred to as mahamri or mamri. Mandazi a kenyan word for the yeasty fried bread similar in texture to a doughnut but without all the sugar and toppings is also called bur saliid which means fried flour in somali.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour sugar baking powder cardamom and salt. Knead the flour sugar cardamom coconut powder warm milk and yeast mixture to form a smooth dough. Mandazi are made by briefly cooking the dough in cooking oil. Make a well in the center then use a rubber spatula to mix in the egg and coconut milk until the dough comes together.
Leave the yeast to rise the addition of sugar and flour helps in the rising process. Mix the yeast a pinch of sugar a pinch of plain flour and the cup of warm water.