Prepare time: 30 min
Cook: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min

Manadazi, also known as Swahili coconut doughnut or Swahili buns is a form of fried bread that originated on the Swahili coast the dish is popular in the region, as it is convenient to make and can be eaten with almost any food or dips or just as snack by itself and can be saved and reheated for later consumption. Manadazi are similar to doughnuts, having a little bit of a sweet taste which can be differentiated with the addition of different ingredients.


  • Sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Cardamon


  1. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, cardamon and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl, make a well at the center of dry ingredients and add the egg mixture and mix together until mixture forms a soft dough, you can add little flour if it is too sticky. Cover dough with a wet towel or plastic wrap and leave for 20 – 30 minute or even longer.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan, while oil is heating, roll dough out on a floured surface into a rectangle shape cut round with a glass or small biscuit cutter, you can use a knife too until all of dough is cut.
  4. Fry in batches for some minutes until both sides turn brown then remove from oil.


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