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Cardamon and Lemon Mandazi

Mandazi is a popular snack in Kenya that originated from the Swahili Coast. I'll be showing you how to make a dairy free and egg free version. This mandazi recipe is the perfect snack to pair with your cup of tea or coffee.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Kenyan
Keyword Cardamon and Lemon Mandazi, Dairy free, Eggless
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 40 pieces
Calories 73kcal
Author Jerotich M


  • 600 g self raising flour Extra 50g flour for dusting
  • 35 g margarine
  • 140 g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground cardamon
  • zest of 2 medium lemons


  • In a large bowl, sift in the measured flour.
  • Add in the margarine to the flour and rub it in until your end up with a crumbly mixture.
  • Create a well in the center and add sugar, salt, freshly ground cardamon and grated lemon zest.
  • Add the warm water and mix with a wooden spoon as you dissolve the sugar. Start folding the flour until well combined.
  • Dust a clean surface with flour and proceed to knead the dough with your hands until it come together. This will take around 15 minutes.
  • Place the dough into a greased bowl and allow to rest for 45 minutes.
  • After the dough has rested, divide it into 10 equal parts.
  • Roll each section into a circular shape and cut into quarters.
  • Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown on all sides.
  • Drain onto a paper towel and serve them warm.


  • Measure your flour correctly. Adding too much flour to the recipe is a common mistake.
  • Be sure not to skip the rubbing in of the margarine into the flour. This is the secret ingredient to getting that dreamy mandazi texture.
  • This recipe takes up flavour very well making it perfect for customization. You could add inĀ  your preferred flavouring or spices. My personal suggestions include; vanilla extract, nutmeg or cinnamon.