Bur/Mandazi recipe

By: Mushtaq Yonis

Bur/mandazi is an East African street food dish that is a deep fried dough ball. It’s wildly popular in places like Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It’s also a traditional dish across the continent of Africa like in West Africa their fried bread is called puff puff!

What is it?

Bur/mandazi is a somewhat sweet fried bread that is either shaped like a ball or a flat triangular/square shape, a bit like beignets. It’s common to be eaten for breakfast or as a snack.

It’s a simple snack to make but at the same time it’s easy to mess it up. Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of instant yeast
  • 2 1⁄2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Any oil to use for frying


  1. Combine all the ingredients
  2. Knead the dough
  3. Cover it up with a cloth and wait for the dough to rise double in size (around 4 hours)
  4. Take the dough out and roll it out
  5. Cut the dough into portions
  6. Heat the oil for frying
  7. Fry until it puffs up for around 1-2 mins
  8. Take it out of the frying pan when you see a golden brown color

Enjoy your Bur/mandazi!

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