Mandazis are a fried dough dessert from Kenya that is usually eaten with Kenyan tea (chai). I was taught this recipe this summer during my research trip in Kenya. The hostess where we were staying taught me several Kenyan recipes, including mandazis.


1 cup of milk

1 egg

1 tablespoon of butter

1 teaspoon baking powder

A pinch of salt

2 cups of flour

4 tablespoons sugar


In a bowl, combine the milk, egg, baking powder, sugar and butter until fully incorporated.

Then, mix in two cups of flour until fully incorporated and a soft but not sticky dough forms. Add more flour as needed. 

Once the dough is formed, move it from the bowl to a large work surface and cut it into four different pieces. Then, roll each of them into disks one centimeter thick. Let the disks rest for a couple of minutes. 

In the meantime, heat one-half cup of neutral oil to 350 F in a pan. Cut each disk into six even pieces and place them in the hot oil. Flip them constantly.

Once they develop a golden brown color, take them out of the pan and let them rest. Then, top with sugar, jam or Nutella.