Mahamry Or Mandazi Or East African Donuts

This recipe is very dear to me as I have been making it every year for my hubby, he is trully an amazing men.  We had an arranged marriage and after 25 years I am trully blessed to be married to my best friend who loves my cooking and is one of the biggest critics of my food.  He has made me perfect my recipes and I love cooking for him.  My amazing hubby not only loves to eat my food but he really appreciates everything I do for him!  The mahamry is my symbol of love, the saying   "the only way to a men's heart is through his stomach" I have totally achieved it, for my love of cooking and my love for him!  We celebrated 25 years last year!

Super soft deep fried dough that puffs up making it hollow on the inside! Sprinkle some powdered sugar and you have a real treat with a cup of chai or coffee!Mom’s no fail Mahamry or Mandazi


3 cups white flour

1 egg

8 tbsp sugar

8 tbsp oil

2 tbsp yeast (if it's very cold and the temperature is warm then 1 tbsp will be enough)

cardamom powder (optional)

1 cup warm warm

pinch of salt

extra flour for dusting


In a big bowl add the white flour, sugar, yeast, mix well then add the beaten egg, oil, cardamom powder and bind the dough with warm water until nice and soft… let rest until doubled in size. Next make 4 sections. Take each section and roll out in a roti and make another 4 sections, do this to all, put on a fabric sprinkled with white flour and let rise til double in size. Heat up the oil and fry the mahamrys till golden brown!

Makes 16 if cut in four if you are making heart shaped then you should be able to get about 24 depending on how big your heart cutter is.


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