Coconut Mahamri

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Makes 16 mandazis

These are PERFECT for breakfast with a cup of tea, and go really well as an accompaniment to many meals...especially grilled meats.

3 cups
all purpose flour
3/4 tsp.
instant yeast
7 tbsp.
1 tsp.
finely grinded cardamon powder
3/4 cup
heavy coconut milk
some light coconut milk
(just enough to make a soft but not sticky dough, so about ½ - ¾ cup, add slowly)

Sieve the flour, add in the yeast directly into it and the sugar and cardamon. Start kneading with the coconut milk adding a little at a time until you have a good soft (but firm, not sticky) dough. Knead it for about 15 good minutes, pounding it as much as possible. To check that it's been kneaded enough, roll it into a ball and using a sharp knife, make a deep slit through it, it should look slightly bubbly on the inside.

If you're planning to cook the mandazi on the same day, then let this dough stay covered outside for about a couple of hours for it to rise before starting to make balls and roll. It makes about 16 average sized mandazis.

Please click HERE for step by step instructions

I normally prepare the dough before hand and then freeze it for whenever I need it, but in this case you will need to freeze the dough immediately after kneading, do not give it time to rise. Wrap the dough in some cling film and store in a tight-lidded container and freeze.

Then when you need to make the mandazis, take the dough out of the freezer and put it in the fridge overnight. It will thaw out gradually. Then, take out the tin and let it sit out for about an hour. When it feels softened, divide the dough into four and roll them up into balls. Roll out each ball to a circle of about quarter of an inch thickness and cut into 4 quarters. Repeat with the remaining balls to make a total of 16 mandazis.

Alternatively, you can make 16 balls out of the dough and roll out each mandazi separately into circles. Place the mandazi pieces on a floured surface so they don't stick. Cover with paper and let them stay like that for another hour. They'll rise some more. Then fry in hot oil. Don't let it rise too much in the oil before turning otherwise it will bubble or burst and it won’t have a perfect shape. The minute each starts rising in the oil, turn it over. Remove from oil when both sides are a nicely browned color.


Excellent recipe Fauzia!!! As usual, all ur recipes turn out to be fabulous!!
Great job!! I love ur website!! Nice design n concept!!!

Salam. I did it ystrday, it wz wnderfl. I lyk d taste! D only prblm is that some culdnt rise lyk urs. Tnx 4 d recipe!

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W/Salaam, thanks for the lovely feedback. The reason why some didn't rise could be because maybe you rolled out some a bit too thin? But am glad you enjoyed the taste, and with a bit of practice they will all turn out perfect inshaAllah!

can i use milk instead of coconut milk..and whats the alternative ammount (measure) i can use.

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Yes you can use milk but make sure to add about 2-3 tbsp of melted butter to it. Same amount of liquid measurement.

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Hi, mix the powder in water as directed on the pack and if it is full fat powder there is no need for oil.

Thank you Fauzia for the lovely recipe, it was my first time to try it yesterday and it was perfect mashallah.
The only thing is that I didn't taste much of the coconut. What shall I add or do to bring out the flavor of the coconut?
Barak Allah Feeki

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You're welcome! Did you use fresh coconut milk or the canned type? Fresh is best, but if you're using canned, try changing brands and see if it makes a difference. :)

hi can i add oil to the recpe cos i use coconut milk powder

Hello fauzia plz I wanted matibosho recipie.plz gv us if u av it tk jazakallha

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Hi, sorry no matobosho recipe yet.

Salam fauzia I have made a lot frm ur receipez they were all brim
:-D asanta sana

Sallam where can I get d cardamon powder and cocnut milk

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W/Salaam, you can grind cardamom to make powder and coconut milk can be bought ready made or you can remove it from grated coconut.

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Hi, use coriander/dhaniya.


A.aleikum Fauzia, tried the mahamri today and they turned our wonderful and so soft inside. Barakallahu fiki.

Asalamu alaiki sis fauzia may Allah reward u aboundantly amin plz whn cn i use extract d milk frm coconut nd use it all trough? Nd plz help me diffrentiate btwn heavy nd light coconut milk are they refined nd found in stotes?jazakumullahu bi khair

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W/Salaam, sorry I did not understand the first part of your question. As for heavy and light coconut milk, heavy is the thick milk that is squeezed out of the coconut flesh. Light is more dilute.

Salaam. I tried maandazi twice. The first time with SR flour + yeast and they did rise very well (big in size :)). Last Sunday i tried with AP flour with extra yeast as I'm based in London. But they didnt rise and moreover they went hard. Where and what wrong must have I done? Please advice how to improve next time. Jazakallah

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W/Salaam, did you check to see if the yeast was good? Also be sure to really knead the dough well. When any bread recipe turns hard, one of the main reasons is that the dough was not kneaded well or was not soft enough to begin with.

Salaam. Thanks for the reply and advice. I'm sure the yeast I used was fresh. I'm not sure if it was kneaded properly but we did it for almost 10-15min. May be that could be the main reason. But Alhamdulillah the taste was good and if i warm them in micro they get soft :). Moreover, I'm glad I dont have any left over now :), as I dont like throwing away food.

Hello dear,
I made it..turned tasty but each drank/ had lots of oil in mahamri were not dry...
Can you suggest me what went wrong

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Hi, could be that the oil was not hot enough when you began frying. They need fairly hot oil when you put the dough pieces in so that they puff up quickly and don't soak up the oil. :)

Thanks dear

Thank you soon much for this recipe, I have tried maandazi several times and never worked, tried yours amaaazing results