Mandazi is a snack we eat a lot back in my home country. As a matter of fact I do not know the English word to use for mandazi. It goes well with tea spiced with ginger or masala tea mix. In high schools, children in boarding school pack it as one of the snacks too and they commonly call them daddies. Daddies are basically the tiny version of the big mandazi and are normally made to last longer. They are best crunchy.
Anyway enough of the bubbling lets go straight to the recipes of soft mandazi, crunchy mandazi and daddies.

Photo credit: Brenda


A. Crunchy mandazi 
Ingredients
-2 cups all purpose white flour
-2 leveled teaspoons of baking powder
-1/2 cup of sugar (Use less if you prefer less  sweet mandazi)
-1/4 cup milk
-1 egg whisked

1/4 teaspoon salt
-3 tablespoons of margarine melted in a bowel
-Spices for taste and aroma (Now when it comes to spicing i want people to always play around with their favorite spices and also try out different spice combinations. However some of the spices you can play around with include; cinnamon, ginger, vanilla powder, nutmeg and even coconut powder.

Directions

  1. Mix the milk with the sugar stir and put mixture aside.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowel. Add the spices and baking powder and mix well.
  3. Add the margarine and rub it in the flour.
  4. Form a well in the mixture above and add the whipped egg and mix well rubbing in for a uniform mixture
  5. Add the milk sugar mixture and mix to make dough until it is soft but not sticky. If dough is so sticky you can add some flour and if it is not soft enough you can add some more milk or even water.
  6. When i have time i roll out out the dough on a lightly floured wooden board until a bit 1/4 an inch thick and cut out desired shapes can be triangle, circle or any as desired otherwise with limited time on me which is often i just pinch from the dough roll it with my hands to form ball or finger shape and then deep fry in olive oil, vegetable oil or any other of your choice till golden brown. You can play around with the shaping in any way you desire.
  7. There you have your crunchy mandazi, i do enjoy them with tea spiced with ginger or tea masala.

B. Daddies (Small snacky mandazi)

Photo credit: Myself

Ingredients

-2 cups all purpose white flour
-1 teaspoon of baking powder
-1/2 cup of sugar ((Use less if you prefer less  sweet  mandazi)
-1/4 a cup milk
-1 eggs whisked
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-3 tablespoons of margarine melted in a bowel
-1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice if you would like to help    keep them longer.
-Spices for taste and aroma (Now when it comes to spicing i want people to always play around with their favourite spices and also try out different spice combinations. However some of the spices you can play around with include; cinnamon, ginger, vanilla powder, nutmeg and even coconut powder.

Directions

  1. Mix the milk with the sugar stir and put mixture aside.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowel. Add the spices and baking powder and mix well.
  3. Add the margarine and rub it in the flour.
  4. Form a well in the mixture above and add the whipped egg and mix well rubbing in for a uniform mixture
  5. Add the milk sugar mixture and mix to make dough until it is soft but not sticky. If dough is so sticky you can add some flour and if it is not soft enough you can add some more milk or even water.
  6. With daddies you have to roll out on a lightly floured wooden board until the dough is thin, the thinner the dough the crunchier they will be, cut the dough into strips and then the strips into tiny squares and deep fry like above.
  7. To store daddies for long keep them out of air in a tightly sealed dish. I love to munch on them they could replace popcorn on a movie night.
 
 

C. Soft mandazi

 

Photo credit: Jennifer

Ingredients

-2 cups all purpose white flour
-4 teaspoons of baking powder
-1/2 cup of sugar  (Use less if you prefer less   sweet mandazi)
-1/4 a cup milk
-1 eggs whisked
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-3 tablespoons of margarine melted in a bowel
-Spices for taste and aroma (Now when it comes to spicing i want people to always play around with their favorite spices and also try out different spice combinations. However some of the spices you can play around with include; cinnamon, ginger, vanilla powder, nutmeg and even coconut powder.


Directions

  1. Mix the milk with the sugar stir and put mixture aside.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowel. Add the spices and baking powder and mix well.
  3. Add the margarine and rub it in the flour.
  4. Form a well in the mixture above and add the whipped egg and mix well rubbing in for a uniform mixture
  5. Add the milk sugar mixture and mix to make dough until it is soft but not sticky. If dough is so sticky you can add some flour and if it is not soft enough you can add some more milk or even water.
  6. Soft mandazi look best in a triangular shape. Roll out your dough like above and cut it into triangle shapes and deep fry till golden brown.
Important notes
  1. If you find 1/2 a cup of sugar makes your mandazi so sweet than you prefer then you can reduce the sugar amount accordingly.
  2. You can use water instead of milk especially if you are allergic to milk
  3. You can also omit the eggs if you are allergic to them.
I hope this recipe will be helpful if you love to make your own mandazi. Cheers!!