|Alternative names||Swahili Bun, Swahili Coconut Donut, mahamri/mamri (when made with coconut milk)|
|Place of origin||Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda|
|Region or state||African Great Lakes|
|Serving temperature||Warm or room temperature|
|Main ingredients||Water, sugar, flour, yeast, and milk (Coconut milk in mahamri or mamri)|
|Variations||Various ingredients added such as coconut milk, peanuts, or almonds|
Mandazi, also known as the Swahili Bun or Swahili Coconut Donut (Swahili: Mandazi), is a form of fried bread that originated on the Swahili Coast. It is one of the principal dishes in the cuisine of the Swahili people who inhabit the African Great Lakes. The dish is popular in the region, as it is convenient to make, can be eaten with almost any food or dips or just as a snack by itself, and can be saved and reheated for later consumption.
Mandazi are similar to doughnuts, having a little bit of a sweet taste which can be differentiated with the addition of different ingredients. However; they are typically less sweet than the United States style of doughnuts and are served without any glazing or frosting. They are frequently made triangular in shape (similar to samosas), but are also commonly shaped as circles or ovals. When cooked, they have a "fluffy" texture.
Mandazi are made by briefly cooking the dough in cooking oil. The ingredients typically used to make mandazi include water, sugar, flour, yeast, and milk. Coconut milk is also commonly added to add a little bit more of a sweet taste. When coconut milk is added, mandazi are commonly referred to as mahamri or mamri. Ground peanuts and almonds, among other ingredients, can also be used to add a different flavor. After being cooked, they can be eaten warm or left to cool down. They are popular in the African Great Lakes region, as they can be eaten in accompaniment with many things. They are commonly made in the morning or the night before, eaten with breakfast, then re-heated in the evening for dinner. Mandazi are also commonly eaten with tea or fresh fruit juice, or are eaten as snacks by themselves. Different dips, often fruit flavored, can be used to add various tastes. Mandazi can also be eaten as a dessert after a meal where it is often served with powdered or cinnamon sugar to add sweetness. They are also a popular snack in the region.
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