Recipe by Boarding School Chef

African style puffed, oiled fried dough nuts.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 12 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 12 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 3 -4 cups additional cooking oil (to fry the dough)


  1. Mix the flour, sugar and water together until an even dough.
  2. Add the 2 teaspoons of oil into the dough and continue mixing.
  3. Meanwhile, put the 3-4 cups of oil into a pan/pot on the stove and set on high.
  4. Beat the dough until soft yet firm.
  5. If the dough is still not yet as tough, add another half a cup of self rising flour and knead the dough.
  6. Once completely mixed and firm, flatten the dough with a rolling pin (dough should be about 1/8th of an inch thick).
  7. Cut the dough into shapes (I like to make hearts and circles, as well as triangles and squares).
  8. Carefully lay the cut out dough shapes into the pan and wait for the edges to brown. When they reach a medium brown, flip the dough and cook the other side.
  9. When the mandazi has finished cooking, lift out of the pan and keep in a covered pot.

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