Steps to making soft and crispy mandazi


In brief

– How to make Kenyan soft and crispy mandazi


1 cup butter (or margarine)
5 tbsp of sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
½ cup of milk
6 ground cardamom seed
2 tbsp baking powder
4 ½ cups all-purpose wheat flour
½ cup of water
6 cups of vegetable oil

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Mix and whisk together margarine and sugar. Add eggs and milk and mix. Add the cardamom and baking powder, then add the flour and water.

If the dough is sticky, add more flour. Knead well until the dough is smooth and soft.

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Cut the dough into 3 balls and roll out each to about 12 inches in diameter and ¼ inch thick. Slice into 2-inch strips and cut into squares or your desired shapes.

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop in one mandazi. If it sinks then floats to the top, the oil is ready.

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Cook the mandazi a few pieces at a time (do not overcrowd them) in the pan. Turn them often until they are golden brown.

Remove from the pan, drain and cool.

Serve with hot milk, coffee or tea.

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