Wednesday, 10 October 2018


PHOTO BY Michelle Gennaro
Mandazi, also known as the dabo or South Sudanese Coconut Doughnut, is a form of fried bread that originated on the Swahili Coast. It is one of the principal dishes in the cuisine of the Swahili people who inhabit the African Great Lakes

Step 1: Ingredients

2 cups of warm water.
2 tsp. baking powder.
4 cups all-purpose flour.
1/2 cup sugar.
2 tsps. vegetable oil.
Pinch of salt.
Note: All ingredients should be at room temperature and make sure that you have enough vegetable oil for deep frying

Step 2: Preparation

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and the sugar.
Mix the water and the vegetable oil. Gradually add this mixture to the flour while kneading into dough. Use additional water if necessary.
Knead for about fifteen to twenty minutes until a smooth and elastic dough is formed.
let dough rest for several minutes.
Divide the entire dough into six equal round balls.
Spread every ball onto a flat surface maintaining a circular shape of the dough.
Cut the flattened dough into four equal quadrants.
Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you spread and cut all the round balls.
Place all of the dough quadrants in a cookie sheet. This will prevent the dough pieces sticking onto each other.
If you are the type of person who likes to add a little fluffiness to their food or snacks, I'd recommend adding some eggs and milk when making the dough.

Also, you can use granulated yeast instead of baking powder, but you'll have to allow more time for the dough to rise before spreading and cutting it.

Step 3: Frying

Heat a few cups of vegetable oil to 400F - 500F in a skillet or deep pot.
Carefully put dough quadrants in the hot oil.
With Caution, turn the dough a few times until they are golden brown all over.
Fry only as many together as they can float in the oil without touching one another.
Once completely fried, take them out and place on a paper towel to drain.

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