How To Make Mandazi At Home | The Kenyan Way

Learn How To Make Mandazi In a Few Simple Steps

Mandazi is a popular snack dish in Kenyan culture. The beauty of mandazi is that people of all kinds enjoy; from the high class, to middle level, to low level members of society.

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Maybe it’s just the name that changes. Mandazis are a very simple dish to prepare for the family. They are great for breakfast, and can be served with tea, juice, or any other beverage of your choice. Making the dough is pretty simple and you only need a few ingredients namely:


  • ½ cup of warm water
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • Cup of milk
  • 1 spoon of table spoon
  • 4 table spoons of baking powder – in place of baking powder + normal flour, use self-rising flour.
  • Cooking oil for deep frying
  • 5 spoons of margarine
  • Lemon peelings – use a grater to get the green coating of the lemon only. Do not reach the white part of the lemon as it may be bitter.


1. Aerate the flour using your hands or a big sieve. If you are using your hands, pick small amounts of flour, raise the flour and then let it pass through your fingers as it falls into the bowl. Do this repeatedly. Afterwards, mix sugar, flour, and the baking powder in a small bowl. Add the lemon peelings to the mixture and mix again.

2. Add the margarine to the mixture you made and mix the margarine thoroughly with the flour. Continue mixing until you flour has mixed roughly with the margarine. For mixing, use a pallet knife or normal knife. The mixing should be done in a way that you are cutting the margarine into small pieces as opposed to rough mixing. Therefore, mix this flour by passing the pallet knife through the flour at an angle repeatedly. You should get a mixture that looks like miniature pellets of flour.

3. Mix one beaten egg and milk in a separate container. Add the milk and egg mixture to the flour mixture. Add bit by bit while mixing the dough. Continue kneading the dough until it becomes smooth.

4. Leave the dough for 30 minutes and cover it with a slightly-wet piece of clothing.

5. After 30 minutes, divide your dough into four parts.

6. Apply some flour on the rolling board and start rolling the first portion of dough. Roll the dough till it is round in shape, then cut the dough into four parts. Do the same to the remaining portions of dough. Alternatively, you can use a glass; use the glass mouth to cut the dough into round pieces of mandazi. Basically, you can cut the mandazi into any type of shape you want at this point.

7. Pour some oil into a sufuria/deep frying pan/deep fryer, and leave it to heat. If you want to know if the oil is ready to cook, you can test with a small piece of dough and you should see some bubbling around the dough.

8. Drop the pieces of dough that you cut into the heating oil. You will start to see the brown color on one side as well as swelling of the dough. Turn over the dough to allow the other side to turn brown.  Remove the mandazi once both sides are brown in color.

There you go!

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