Rwandan mandazi are little African donuts that are truly addicting. Basically fried dough, one of my favorite things. These are typically made with less sugar than American style donuts, but they a have subtle flavor of coconut, cardamom and cinnamon. You will love these, and they go perfectly with Rwandan coffee or tea.
These are best made in a deep fryer and this one by Hamilton is the one I use and love. These little African donuts are not unique to Rwanda, they are somewhat famous all throughout Africa. They also go by other names like Dabo or Dahir. They are believed to have originated in the African Great Lakes region. You will however find them all over Rwanda. A lovely treat any time of the day, even for breakfast. I coated mine with a little shake of confectioners sugar, you could use a combination of cinnamon and sugar as well. Fair warning you can’t just eat one, they are so yummy!
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Rwandan Mandazi (African Donuts)
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- vegetable oil for frying donuts
- 2 Tbsps confectioners sugar for dusting
- In a small bowl mix the yeast and warm water and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast dissolves.
- In a large mixing bowl, add flour, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon and mix. Add vegetable oil, egg, coconut milk, sugar and yeast mixture.
- Mix everything until the dough is not too sticky and it no longer sticks to the side of the bowl, add additional flour as needed. (you can use the dough hook on your mixer for this)
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Let it rest for about an hour until the dough rises a little.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees or use a deep frying pan or wok.
- Cut the dough into about 6 pieces to make it easier to roll and cut. Roll each piece so that the dough is about 1/2 inch in thickness.
- Cut into triangles and place in hot oil.
- Fry on both sides until golden.
- Place donuts on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
- Repeat with remaining dough.
- Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and enjoy.