Kac kac is the name of these little fried dough treasures. Sometimes they are referred to Somali Beignets. These are beloved in Somalia especially during the month of Ramadan. Somali’s anxiously await for Iftaar, the meal to break the fast, and the fragrance of cardamon scented dough is a tradition which can bring people right back home. The scent of celebration. A bite of deliciousness.
Each family has their own secret recipe for Kac kac. I found this one to be the most common. The result is a crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside bite. We enjoyed it with black tea which is commonly served after a heavy meal. It was the perfect ending to our Somali meal.
Did you know that Somalia is home to frankincense and myrrh? It is common in Somalia to use a pot called Dabqaads as an incense burner to make their homes smell good. The incense is placed on hot charcoal inside the pot which burns for about 10 minutes. The fragrance lingers for hours.
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Kac Kac (Somali Doughnuts)
- 2 cups flour all-purpose
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup melted ghee or butter
- 2 tablespoons warm milk
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 eggs
- Oil for frying
- confectioners sugar for dusting Optional
- Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl.
- Add sugar and cardamom powder.
- Pour hot melted ghee or butter onto the flour mixture. Mix well until combined.
- Add the warm milk and lightly beaten eggs and knead the dough until smooth. You should be able to easily clean the bowl with dough and then you know it is done.
- Roll out the dough into a circular shape to a thickness of about half an inch and cut into the desired shape.
- Heat the oil.
- Deep fry the kac kac until golden brown, remove from oil, place on a paper towel to drain oil.
- Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!