These amazingly soft triangle-shaped donuts are very famous in East Africa where I come from. They are excellent with a cup of tea or coffee. The dash of cardamom adds an authentic taste which makes it different from regular donuts. You can serve it with either honey or jam. Could be also served with curry - that is how we like it...

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 donuts
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine milk, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, sugar, egg, instant yeast, salt, and cardamom in a large bowl. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough comes together and is easily handled. Knead dough on a flat work surface until no longer sticky.

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  • Put dough back in the bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm area until doubled, about 1 hour.

  • Press dough down gently. Knead it briefly and divide it into 4 portions. Roll each portion into a ball; keep covered with a cloth to prevent them from drying out.

  • Roll 1 ball into a 1/3-inch-thick circle on a floured work surface. Cut into 4 triangles using a pizza cutter. Repeat with remaining balls of dough, keeping other dough covered.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan over medium heat. Fry dough triangles 3 or 4 at a time, without overcrowding, until puffed like balloons, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn and continue frying until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes more. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining dough.

Cook's Note:

Substitute shortening for the vegetable oil if preferred.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

160 calories; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 22.2g; fat 6.3g; cholesterol 11.4mg; sodium 74.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2018
Fantastic recipe. The taste was right on the money. Asante sana!???? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2018
Fantastic recipe. The taste was right on the money. Asante sana!???? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2019
Simple and delicious!!! The cardamom is such a great flavor I think I'll try adding a little more next time. I'm definitely adding this to my recipe book. Asante!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2019
I made the Mandazis on this recipe. Best ones I ever made! I happened to have all the ingredients. Asante. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2019
Awesome results. Didn't have yeast though...used baking powder. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2019
Perfect recipe with on point ingredients measurements! If you follow the instructions as given you will have great results thank you!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2020
I added more cardamom to it. 3\4 tsp. Just my preference. Have used many other mandazi recipes , I find this one to be the easiest and best. They come fluffy and soft . Goes well with Bharazi. Read More
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