Maandazi (East African donuts) are a special treat. The taste of maandazi is very different from western donuts. First, one can never get tired of eating maandazi. Second, they are more like bread inside. Third, maandazi are not as oily as western donuts.

To prepare, please start one hour and a half to prepare before time to eat. The dough is very similar in consistence to regular bread dough.


  • 2¼ tsp dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground Cardamon
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2-4 tbsp extra sugar
  • ¾ cups coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp oil (optional)
  • oil for deep frying


  1. Dissolve 1 tsp sugar in ½ cup warm water. Then, dissolve yeast in the same mixture. Cover with a plastic wrap until the yeast rises.
  2. Add into mixture the remaining sugar, oil, cardamon and ½ cup of coconut milk.
  3. In a bowl, mix flour into yeast mixture. If the dough is too hard to handle, add the remaining coconut milk, about a tbsp at a time.
  4. If it is too soft, add flour a little bit at a time.
  5. On a flat floured surface, continue to knead the dough for 10 minutes until it becomes elastic. Move the dough to a clean lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth and let it rise.
  6. Once it has doudled in size, knead the dough for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. With a rolling pin, roll the dough to about 1/2 cm thin. Use a round cookie cutter or a similar utensil to cut the dough into regular shapes.
  8. Deep fry in vegetable oil until golden brown.

Serve at room temperature or warm in microwave for 10 seconds.

  70 comments for “Maandazi

  1. Emily
    January 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Have you ever tried to use a flour that is not all-purpose wheat? I am allergic to wheat flour but LOVE chapati, maandazi, etc. I am wondering if there is another type of flour that I could use for these. Also, do you have a recipe for vitumbua?


    • February 3, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      Not yet Emily. Let me try something then i will get back to you.

    • ERICA
      February 10, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      I have seen Rice Flour or Gluten Free Flour for people with allergies.

  2. Gloria
    January 13, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Hi, I love the food you put on here! I am married to an African man from Tanzania and I am a Canadian white girl, haha so I didn’t have ANY idea on how to make the foods he loves! Thanks to you, I can now make my man happy by making his dishes from back home! :)

  3. December 29, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    My favorite Tanzania cooking Blog!

    Cant wait for that cook book!



  4. Rose
    November 16, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    video nzuri but sijaona ukitumia chumvi wala sukari ktk maandazi inakuwaje hapo?

    • November 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Mmmm! Ngoja niiangalie tena. Nahisi inaonyesha.

  5. Gloria
    November 11, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Hi dada Miriam,

    Nahitaji kutengeneza maandazi kwa ajili ya watu kama 100. Unadhani kiasi gani cha unga kitatosha?


  6. Aisha
    July 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    My wifi Mariam
    I’m so happy I found you on the YouTube. I’m American married to a tanzanian man who loves the taste of back home. He use to purchase chapati and mandazi from ladies who cook but now I can make them he is so happy..

    Thanks so much

    • August 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      You also make me happy wifi. Keep it up. The book will soon be out and you will be able to cook everything Tanzanian.

      Ming iLove Aisha

  7. Todd Ellner
    June 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    My wife pronounces these better than the ones she grew up on.

  8. emily nakki
    June 10, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    hi pliz i would like to know how to make the inside of the mahamri yellow.

  9. Kelsey
    April 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I am doing a project for school and we have to make food for our country that we picked. I am wonderng if this is simple and if you can use a pan to deep fat fry them. I was wodering if it was simple and quick because I need around 60-80 servings! Thanks for the help(:

  10. Evelyn
    March 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I am very much grateful to have such wonderful recipes of African taste, keep it up! Mirriam, if you also have these recipes please share with me:- sugar-coated coloured baobab seeds and Cheula (Malawi language)?

    • March 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Yes Evelyn I do but I do not have the Baobab seeds with me. Once I get them I will make a video.
      I am sorry I do not email recipes to anyone, i only share here on my website or Youtube videos.
      Mingi Love

  11. Anne
    March 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Your recipes are just the bomb! Am a hero in my house every jumamosi asubuhi juu ya ndao! Baraka tele. Your xmas pilau became my default gathering dish.what more can a girl ask for?

    Mob love darling!

    • March 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Wooo! Anne,
      I am very happy to hear you news. Keep it up and many more recipes are on the way.
      Mingi Love

  12. Ernest
    January 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Miriam, you don’t add any salt to these addictive things? These are like deep fried crack!!

  13. Godwishes
    November 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Thank you for your comment.Kindly,let me know maandazi ya kawaida kwa kiingereza yanaitwaje?Donut or pan o wat?Thanks in advance

  14. Gloria
    November 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Hi dada Miriam,

    I really love your recipes! When is your book coming out?

    • November 6, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      I will announce when all is ready Gloria.
      Thanks for visiting
      Mingi Love

  15. Kathleen
    September 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I’m sorry if I missed this somewhere in your instructions but, how many mandaazi does this make? Thanks again.

  16. Kigwe
    June 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Asante dada Mariam
    I have become a big fan of yours mapilau, mandazi and machapati kwa kwenda mbele no more calls to Tanzania asking pple on how to cook home food since I am in the States. I have had family dinners and my guest could not resist complementaing me on the christmas pilau “your recipe” asante you have helped me make delicious meals in my kitchen na nime share your site with all my friends. Big thumbs up.

    • June 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Dear Kingwe,
      Many thanks to you that you tried the recipe. It is my favorite pilau recipe too. Keep it up, it is always nice to eat home cooked meal.

      Karibu tena

  17. Upendo
    June 3, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    I love the taste of the maandazi’s I made today but, why do mine have a huge empty space in them? What am I doing wrong, they are just full of air…..Please help.. :)

    Thank you.

    • June 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Make sure you are using measuring cups and spoons for ingredients. Do not make the shapes too thin. Last, try to allow the shapes to rise before frying.

    • Sophie
      June 26, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      I’m not sure that you are doing anything. I recently ate mandazi in Kenya (in various establishments!) and they all had a big air hole in the middle. They were like lovely soft, fragrant pillows.

      • angel
        January 14, 2013 at 1:54 AM


  18. sware
    May 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    I have used this recipe from back in 2004 or 05, from your way back website. It never failed me. Proud of you achievements and I can’t wait for the book!

    • May 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Thanks very much to be with me since then.

      I appreciate. Since you are the first person to acknowledge that, you will receive a free cookbook signed by me once everything is ready.
      I will email you when time comes to get your mailing address.

      Mingi Love

  19. Rizaq
    August 8, 2011 at 6:07 AM

    Thank you so much…!
    We live in parts of the world where desires for ‘home’ foods are difficult to forego unless one gets back in the kitchen..
    With this site i feel close to home whenever i decide to enter the kitchen..

  20. hanna
    May 21, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    Dear Miriam,
    Thanks for lovely mandazi recipe.
    I’d love to know how to make the triangle shaped mandazi,like the traditional one? Is it by using cutting the shape,or forming it by hands. Thanks :)

  21. binti
    January 13, 2011 at 4:49 AM

    hallo, thats is very good recipe, i appreciate, thanks in advance.

  22. December 15, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    mamboo dada pole na kazi samahani naomba unielekeze jinsi ya kupika kababu na maandazi kwa kiswahil,asante na pole kwa majukum tunayokupa

    • January 10, 2011 at 6:25 PM

      Hiyo itakuwa kazi, lakini nitachecki kwenye file langu, inawezekana niliandika kwa kiswahili zamani wakati nilipokuwa naandika mapishi sana kwa lugha zote.

  23. November 19, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    This is the measurement of all purpose wheat flour.
    3.6 cups = 1 pound
    2 pounds = 1 kilogram

    I hope I helped. Also visit answers dot com for more

  24. Prisca
    November 18, 2010 at 5:58 AM

    i am not clear with maandazi preparation,can i get full data for 2 kgs of wheat flour

  25. Pointer Men's Basketball
    October 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Maybe you should edit the blog title Maandazi | A Taste of Tanzania to more suited for your blog post you write. I loved the the writing withal.

  26. Jane
    October 11, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    i would like to knw the recipe 4 bagia! thx!

  27. iren charlez
    September 10, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    asante sana at last nimepata matokeo mazuri , kama hautajali weka recip ya chapati kila nikitengeneza zinakuwa nguma kama ngozi

    • September 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM

      Chapati niliziweka lakini nilipobadilisha jina la tovuti, sijapata nafasi kuziweka tena, ntajitahidi nirudishe.

      Siri ya chapati ni mafuta. Ukiweka mafuta mengi na kukanda kama dakika kumi ama zaidi, zinakua laini sana.

      Matatizo yetu siku hizi hatutaki kutumia mafuta mengi. Na chapati zinapenda mafuta.

  28. Lorna
    September 10, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    Wonderful siz miriam for your generous efforts creating awareness and sharing your ideas.Am indeed glad to have read your recipes.Keep it up.Please tell us more about Biriani preparation.

  29. tinna
    August 18, 2010 at 2:53 AM

    dear mzima tunashukuru sana kwa masomo ya mapishi, please naomba utuelekeze jinsi ya kupika cake ya kawaida.

  30. nancy
    July 10, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    thanks dada Mariam,

  31. Seline Makumbuli
    June 11, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Dada Rose,Asante sana kwa kuandika mambo haya ya mapishi.Kwa kweli nilikuwa natafuta recipe ya maandazi manake huku niliko hakuna wanapika maandazi ila yanakuwa na mafuta mengi,sukari nyingi na vikorokoro vingine hata ladha ya maandazi haipo. Sasa nitajaribu kutengeneza maandazi ya kikwetu kwa kufuata recipe zako. Bila shaka wataenjoy mapishi ya Kitanzania ingawa wanapenda sana vyakula vyenye sukari.Asante endelea kuelekeza jamii.

    • December 7, 2010 at 5:17 PM

      mapishi krete kwa maandazi jamii cewa hata sana linke

  32. Sabira
    May 11, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Hi mary, can I have a receipe for mkate Wa ufuta if u have and easier version please. Also the coconut milk for maandazi, ur receipe if living in the uk which ones the best one to use fresh or tinned. Please let me know. Many thanks. Sabira.

  33. April 18, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    @ Kitoto,
    “All purpose flour” ni unga wa ngano ambao unaeza kutumia kupikia keki, mikate, maandazi na chakula chochote kinachotumia unga wangano. Pole nita sahihisha ili ieleweke zaidi.

    Asante ka kugundua hili jambo

    • December 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      mariam, asante sana for this recipes. i come from kenya bt live in London and im a great fun of your cookery. could you pliz bring more videos of your cooking. pongezi kwako dada!

      • January 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Asante sana Aisha,
        Don’t foreget to tell your friends about Taste of Tanzania. there are good things coming.

  34. April 15, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Huo unga wa kupikia Maandazi ni wa ngano? Maana umeandika “all purpose flour”…nimesikia wasomaji wengi wasiojua kupika maandazi wakiuliza. Hebu fafanua zaidi maana iko kidogo “ambiguous”…

  35. Juanna
    January 15, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    this is the best maandazi recipe! I have searched before for mandazi recipes and all that i got were of no help! after trying yours, the mandazi turned out so perfect! very soft…now there is no “contact us” details on your website, i was going to email you but anyhow..i would like a chapati recipe. Plz plz i have tried before and believe me it was torture! plz..thanks so much..

    Mdau wako!

    • January 22, 2010 at 2:09 AM

      Thank you for your help to make this site better. “Contact Us” page is now added to this site. Thank you again.

      Chapati recipe will be added soon. I do have chapati recipe that was in my old web site.
      Stay blessed

  36. kk mathias
    January 13, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    I agree with ur coalegues that swahili language to be used in your recipe page

    • January 22, 2010 at 2:12 AM

      I will post recipes in Swahili soon. It takes me a lot of time to write the same thing in two languages, but I am here for you. You are welcome again.

  37. kk mathias
    January 13, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    I agree with ur coalegues thaipet since u aim to teach the swahilis the varios recipe,swahili language

  38. Tessa
    December 24, 2009 at 4:31 AM

    Thanks rose for your good job, mandazi yalitoka super. sasa mi naomba recipe ya vitumbua. nitashukuru sana

  39. December 24, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    Thanks all of you. Continue to keep me motivated.

    I will post kukupaka

  40. selli
    December 2, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Enjoyed the recipe. Please tell how to make

  41. mary
    November 23, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Asante sana dada MiriamRose kwa recipe zako yaani nilikuwa sijala maandazi kwa mda wa miaka 2 juzi tu ndio nimeiona hii blog nimejaribu na yametoka vizuri kweli yaani ASANTE SANA.Keep up the good work!.

  42. nina
    November 21, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    hi miriam rose,
    i want you to know that im a huge fan of yours .first of all i wish you happiness because you surely do put a smile on my face whenever im on your website.
    then if you dont mind please teach me how to make a tastie apple pie for desert.
    with best regards,

  43. alice
    November 18, 2009 at 3:31 AM

    thaanks mydear for your good recipe articles!! what i need now how to cook biriani!!!Biriani i would be very happy to see this!!

    Otherwise i thanks once again!! nakumbuka long time u wrote the shira ya embe wow this was a good breakfast wont gorget may be u can post it again so that new viewers can see it and make it!!

    love you

  44. November 11, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Pole sana. Bado nina endelea kuhamisha post kutoka tovuti ya zamani kuleta hapa. Kwa sasa hivi nimehamisha ya kiingereza lakini yakiswahili yatafuatilia. Wale waliotembelea tovuti ya zamani wanajua kuwa naandika kwa lugha zote mbili.
    Karibu tena.

  45. November 10, 2009 at 4:47 AM

    tuandikiani haya mambo kwa kiswahili, jamani cio wote wanaojua kingereza,

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