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Lesotho Cinnamon Rolls (Makoenva)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Lesotho
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Author International Cuisine


  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • flour
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • Oil for frying
  • equal parts cinnamon and sugar combined to roll them in.


  • Combine yeast and sugar in a bowl and add in 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Wait until it turns bubbly and frothy about 10 minutes
  • Add salt and oil.
  • Add flour until dough doesn't stick to your hands while kneading ( I used about 2 cups)
  • Add in the raisins and mix together
  • Let the dough rise until it doubles in size
  • Stretch the dough and pinch off a medium size pieces
  • Put in hot vegetable oil to fry until golden brown
  • Roll them in cinnamon and sugar
  • Serve warm with cup of rooibus tea
  • Enjoy!