Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kenya - Mandazi

Mandazi are small pieces of fried bread wich are popular in Kenya due to their versatility. They're very similar to doughnuts but are less sweet and made with coconut milk. I'm looking forward to trying them.

Ingredients:

500g flour
1 tbls baking powder
1 egg
100g sugar
400ml coconut milk
Pinch of salt
25g butter
1 tsp cardamom powder
Oil for frying



I didn't have cardamom powder so I opened up some cardamom pods and ground up the seeds instead.


Sieve the flour, baking powder and cardamom powder into a mixing bowl.







Add the sugar, salt and butter. Mix it well to distribute the butter.



Add the egg and pour in the coconut milk slowly as you stir it in.





Form into a dough and leave to rest for 10 minutes.







Roll out the dough and cut the mandazi into whatever shape you like. Traditionally they're little triangles but we chose stars and hearts.






Heat some oil in a pan and fry the dough pieces until they're browned. Remove from the pan and drain on paper.



The kids thought they were plain and not very sweet which is displeasing as it seems like they're used to doughnuts being really sweet and sugary. I thought they were subtly sweet and had a really nice creamy taste. They were crispy on the outside but soft like cake in the middle. The coconut flavour was nice too. I was disappointed not to taste more of the cardamom in them but overall I enjoyed them.

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