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Mandazi or Swahili Buns

Mandazi refers to buns which are popular in the East African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia. Mandazi are usually served for breakfast with sweetened tea and the people from the coast, like Malindi serve it also with Mbazi.


  • 4 cups flour

  • 3/4 cups sugar (brown or coconut)

  • 1 tsp cardamon powder

  • 1 tbsp yeast

  • 1 tbsp vegan margarine

  • 1 & 3/4 cups plant-based milk

  • sunflower or rapeseed oil


  1. Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

  2. Turn the dough out into a floured surface & knead until smooth.

  3. Return dough to the bowl; cover & let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, for about 1 hour.

  4. Press dough down gently & divide it into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball.

  5. Roll out each portion of dough to a circle, about 20 cm in diameter & 6 mm thick. Cut into 8 triangles.

  6. Heat the oil in a large pot & fry each mandazi for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

  7. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined bowl to drain.

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