Coconut Mandazi

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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.
ground cardamom powder
3/4 cup
heavy coconut milk
light coconut milk
(just enough to make a soft but not sticky dough. So approx 1/2-3/4 cup, add slowly)
oil for deep frying

Sieve the flour, add in the yeast directly into it and the sugar and cardamom. 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.

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.




I love mandazi,but I usually make it wid
Milk n water warmed together,inshaallah wil try
1day wid coconut milk!my family love it too!

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Don't add oil. This is the coconut version, and coconut milk is already oily/creamy enough.

Oh I always add 1 tbspoon oil and result not good will try this INSHALLAH!!!

I actually cut mine into pieces and then froze it.
I took it out of the freezer and placed it on the counter in flour. It's still flat looking but I tried to fry one and it came out thin and crispy. Taste was great. do you think it will rise?

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I normally freeze the dough as is (without rolling out and cutting), then let it thaw out and roll/cut. Then I give it a second rise before frying. Keep them covered for a while and see if that will help them rise. InshaAllah if the yeast was good then they will rise.

slm Fauzia..... have tried this recipe MASHALLAH very soft n yummy!!

I made this and they turned out beautifully! Thanks for the recipe. :)

Assalamu alaikum wb. I was wondering whether there is a baked version for mahamris for those who cannot fry them in oil for health reasons. Would there be any change in the ingredients? Shukran.

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W/Salaam, here is my baked version for mahamri. Baked Mahamri

I made these the first time the dough came out very soft but subsequent times that I have made these thd dough turned out quite hard what is the reason for this

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Did you adjust any of the ingredients since your first try? Also, make sure you knead the dough very very well.

Jzk I will try that although I'm sure I followed the recipe

Asak !! Sista pls temme how to use dry yeast in ds recipe. I tried it few had risen n d rest were soft but flat. I did read ur yeast section as well but wd b grateful if u wd simply reply. Jazakallah in advance.

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Anything I would reply would be from the note, and by going through it yourself you would be in a better position to pinpoint what went wrong.

Mashallah when I made them again they came out beautiful

i always try making mahamris with different recipes bt alwats fail.let me try this n wil let u kno

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You will need the yeast in this recipe.

Hey... Can I use self raising flower for this recipe or the yeast is a must?

Hi dear, this morning I tried mandazi for breakfast and chapatis for lunch.
Both tasted good and looked great too!
However it was a little rubbery!!
Please let me know where could I have possibly gone wrong!

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Hi, try kneading the dough a bit more and allow the dough to rest after kneading, that helps loosen it up.

Hey fauzia can u give me the link to the sweet potatoes recipe that's wrapped in foil with ingredients. I can't seem to find it and my sweet potatoes are gonna go bad :-)

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Hi, sorry don't have that recipe at the moment.

Hallo, i tried this and they came out thin, flat and crispy. Though very tasty. Where could i have gone wrong?

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Hi, maybe you rolled them out too thin or the yeast you used is not working properly.

salamz sis!plz cn u telme da gm of flour bcz i hv 2 diffrnt size teacups.

please post the recepie for preparing with oil not coconut.
By the way I baked with a jiko as per your recipe and it turned out AMAZING! it was my first time am more psyched now.Just wish I could afford an oven to try more:-(

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Hi, you can use this recipe (for oil in place of coconut).

Hi sis,wat abt oil wen kneadng the flour?

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Hi, oil not needed coz coconut has it's own oils.

Salaam fauzia.. Hope you're dng good.. Well i made the dough but it didnt rise after keeping it for 4-5 hours... Can it be bse of cold ??? And can i continue making the mandazi ? How wud it turn out ?

pls pls some healthy salad recipe.

I Made these yesterday night and they turn out awesome thank you

Salaams Fauzia
Want to make mandazi today, I have never made it before. I am little confused as to there are two types of coconut milk one heavy and the other light, so I knead the flour with which one . Should I used both. Can you please clarify? Allah hafiz

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W/Salaam, start with the heavy milk as per the measurement given in the ingredients list, if it runs out then continue with the light milk and knead until the dough is ready.

Thank you very much. Inshallah Allah will let you know the results

How long should I leave it to rest if I want to cook them the same day????

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Just until the dough doubles in volume, about an hour or so. You can then shape and let them rest again before frying, like you would with doughnuts. :)

Salaams Fauzia
Just finished making the coconut mandazi , and they have come out perfect. Followed your recipe thoroughly, so spongy and just right amount of sweetness. Thank you so much. May Allah bless you.

Assalamu alaikum sister,
I tried out coconut mandazi for breakfast with great expectation, but it turned out so bad. It puffed, but was hollow inside. what could be the reason?

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W/Salaam, they are actually supposed to be hollow inside, not filled like doughnuts are.

I cheated. I put the ingredients in my bread maker and used the dough cycle. The Mandazis were superb.

Salaam .. do we have to use both light and heavy coconut milk

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W/Salaam, yes.