Mahamri Recipe!

April 20, 2018 - 0 Comments

Mahamri is a traditional Swahili delicacy especially in the coastal region. Mahamris are miniature with a bulging square or triangular dough which is fried until they attain a golden brown hue. They are great for breakfast when eaten with beans in coconut sauce or with a cup of chai.


Prep time: 30 minutes (resting time for dough not included)

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Serves: 10 + people



-3 cups plain flour

-1 cup coconut milk powder

-¾ cup warm milk

-1 teaspoon ground cardamom

-1 tablespoon instant yeast

-¼ cup warm water

-½ cup sugar

-Oil for deep frying



Mix the yeast, a pinch of sugar, a pinch of plain flour and the ¼ cup of warm water. Leave the yeast to rise (the addition of sugar and flour helps in the rising process).

Knead the flour, sugar, cardamom, coconut powder, warm milk and yeast mixture to form a smooth dough.

Let the dough rest in a warm place – preferably overnight or until double in size (the dough could rise in a few hours if you live in a warm climate).

Divide dough into 8 balls.

Roll each ball into a 6 inch circle and cut into quarters

Pour the oil in a deep frying pan on medium heat. You want the oil hot enough when you start frying the dough.

Drop the three to four triangles into the hot oil. If the oil is hot enough the dough will quickly float to the top and puff up.

Turn the mahamri as soon as it is a light brown and turn.

Cook on the other side for another minute and remove from the deep fryer with a slated spoon. The doughnuts should be a light golden brown.

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