Coconut and Cardamom Mandazi

Coconut and Cardamom Mandazi


Coconut and Cardamom Mandazi are excellent for breakfast with coffee, as a snack with tea or at the end of a meal, perhaps with a light custard.


  • 680g + 50g Plain Flour (+extra for dusting)
  • 210g Caster Sugar
  • 400ml Warm Coconut Milk
  • 7g Yeast
  • 1 TBSP Ground Cardamom
  • 1 Egg (Optional, I use it if I want them more spongey on the inside)
  • 1 Litre of Vegetable or Sunflower Oil for Deep Frying


  1. Pour the yeast into the coconut milk and allow it to ferment for about 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl but only add 680g of flour and hold onto the other 50g.
  3. Then add in the coconut/yeast mixture.
  4. Knead for 15 minutes by hand or 7-10 minutes in a mixer. Add more flour slowly if you find the dough is too wet. I like my dough very hydrated and loose so only add this in slowly to stop it being too sticky.
  5. Once it has come together, is smooth and there is no flour left, cover the bowl and leave to rest in a warm place for at least an hour!
  6. As soon as it doubled in size you can place it onto a well floured surface and begin to shape.
  7. Separate the dough into roughly 5-6 pieces (depending how big you want the Mandazi).
  8. Knead each piece slightly then shape into a smooth ball.
  9. Then one by one take a ball and roll it out into a flat circle. You’re looking for a thickness of a coin or 2.
  10. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut in half each way. Leaving you with 4 triangles.
  11. Repeat with the other balls of dough.
  12. Then cover the triangles with a clean cloth and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
  13. When ready, heat your oil (it needs to be hot).
  14. Then firstly test with one triangle, by carefully dropping it in the oil. It should rise straight to the top and begin to puff up. If so, add in some more, leaving enough room for them to move around.
  15. You want them to brown slightly on one side then flip them over to do the same for the other. They say a true test of a Mandazi is to see if it look like it’s about to pop and also have a white rim around the middle. So look out for those signs too!
  16. Make sure to keep an eye on your oil, if the Mandazi’s turn a dark brown very quickly, that is a sign to lower the heat.
    Fry all of them and place on some paper towel to soak up excess oil .
    Then enjoy with a gorgeous cup of tea!