How to Cook Mahamri – Swahili Delicacies Mahamri Recipe

Mandazi Recipe
Mandazi Recipe

If you don’t know how to Cook Mahamri, don’t worry, by the end of this article you will known to cook mahamri without any problems.

Mahamri is one of the traditional Swahili delicacies that you won’t miss in Kenyan food recipes. Its famous and enjoyed by the Swahili people living in east Africa and beyond.

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How to Cook Mahamri
How to Cook Mahamri

What is Mahamri

It can also be referred as Mandazi, also known as the Swahili Bun or Swahili Coconut Doughnut, is a form of fried bread that originated on the Swahili Coast. Mahamri is one of the principal dishes in the cuisine of the Swahili people who inhabit the African Great Lakes. It’s often served with tea or coffee. Now let’s look at how to Cook Mahamri using Mahamri ingredients with our simple Mahamri Recipe

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Mahamri Ingredients
Mahamri Ingredients

Mahamri Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour (or baking powder)
  • Instant dry yeast
  • Granulated sugar
  • Spices (cardamom, ginger, cinnamon or allspice)
  • Milk (coconut or cow)
  • Vegetable oil

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How to Cook Mahamri


  1. Using a large spoon, mix the flour and yeast (or baking powder) into a big mixing bowl. The ratio of flour to the yeast should be 3 cups is to 1 tsp.  This is enough to make at least 16 mahamri.
  2. Put a handful of sugar or in the amount you want your mahamri to be sweetened. Put a dash of ground cardamom, cinnamon, allspice or ginger (or a mixture of all of these spices).
  3. Pour in the coconut milk or cow milk (it can also be a mixture of both) and knead the dough with your both hands. Add milk from time to time until you achieved a soft, firm—but not sticky—dough.
  4. Continue to knead the dough for the next 15-20 minutes till you can feel that it has gone smooth and elastic. Put the dough into a ball form, and then lightly grease it and your mixing bowl.  Put a clean towel over the bowl and put in a warm place. This will allow the dough to rise within three hours or at least until it doubles its size.
  5. Squeeze the dough down and start dividing it into four balls with equal size. Get your rolling pin and run it through, one ball at a time.  Each formed disc should be at least 7 inches in diameter.  Using a knife, carve the disk into four quarters.  Place each triangle side by side on a floured surface.  Again, place a clean towel over the pieces of dough and let it rise for the second time which can take from 15 minutes to 1 whole hour.
  6. After the allotted time, heat your pan or wok into a 350⁰F heat and pour in about 2-3 inches deep of canola (or vegetable oil) for deep frying. Fry at least 4 mahamris at a time and with the use of a suitable spoon; gently cast the oil over them from time to time.
  7. Using the tongs, turn over the dough pieces by the time they begin to puff. Ensure to cook the mahamris in all sides to attain that golden brown coloring evenly.
  8. Place the already cooked mahamris on paper towels for the towels to absorb the extra oil.
  9. Allow the mahamris to cool down a bit and serve with chai tea.
  10. Set aside the remaining mahamris in a sealed bag.

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How to make Mahamri
How to make Mahamri

Mahamri Recipe

How to make mahamri using baking powder or Mahamri recipe with baking powder

If you use baking powder, you don’t need to let the dough rise for the second time.  Additionally, it would only take you 10 minutes to let the dough rise.

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Now that you know how to cook mahamri using our mahamri recipe you can read more about other Swahili delicacies and other Kenyan food recipes:


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