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Mandazi (East African breads)

Recipe from: 2/1/1998 12:00:00 AM
Ingredients 11
Servings 15
Time 20 minutes


  • 10
    cardamom pods
  • 450
    self-raising flour
  • 45
    castor sugar
  • 5
    baking powder
  • 5
    ground cumin
  • 10
    ground ginger
  • 10
    snipped chives
  • 1
    large egg
  • 30
  • 225
  • oil for deep-frying


10‑15 minutes
Crush the cardamom pods and shake out the seeds. Grind in a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder.
Place ground seeds in a large bowl with flour, castor sugar, baking powder, spices and chives. Beat the egg and oil together, then add to the flour mixture.
Mix in with your fingertips, then add milk slowly to make a soft but firm dough.
Knead the dough lightly until smooth and not sticky. Leave in a warm place for 15 minutes. Roll out on a floured surface to a 1 cm thickness.
Use a 6 cm scone cutter to cut out about 15 rounds. Heat oil and deep-fry for 4 to 5 minutes until golden.
Serve as a snack or an accompaniment to a meal.

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