Friends – get ready for some deliciousness! To kick off the holiday season, the local leaders from the communities we serve in wanted to share some traditional recipes from where they live with you! These dishes are incredible, and the perfect things to make with your friends and family.

Recipe #1, provided by Ugandan Local Leader, Edward, is for Mandazi!

If you have had Mandazi, you know it is one of the tastiest foods in the world. It is a form of fried bread that originated on the Swahili Coast. It is a popular food in East Africa, and can be consumed with many different foods and dips! It is oftentimes compared with an American doughnut.

Making this with your loved ones is a perfect holiday tradition to start this year.

Help One Now COO, Brigid O’Boyle, decided to try her hand at Mandazi. Check out some behind the scenes photos!


Mandazi Recipe


  • 3 cups All – Purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon or Cardamom for flavor 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon or Cardamom for flavor


Step 1:  Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and set aside.
Step 2:  Beat the egg in a bowl; add the milk, sugar and oil. Mix well and set aside.
Step 3:  Set aside 1 cup of flour. Mix the other 2 cups of flour with ground cinnamon and the yeast mixture. Mix well using your hands.
Step 4:  Gradually add the egg mixture to the flour and add the remaining cup of flour while mixing continuously until you get dough that is not too sticky. You may need to add more flour if the dough stick too much to your hands.
Step 5:  Transfer the dough to a flat area and knead for 10 to 15 minutes until the dough is soft, smooth and elastic.  Then put in a bowl and cover with napkin or aluminum foil and let the dough rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
Step 6:  Divide the dough into 9 equal small balls and use your rolling pan to flatten the balls into thick round shape. Then use a sharp knife or a cookie cutter to divide the round shape into your desired shape. You can make them triangles by dividing the round shapes into diagonals.
Step 7:  Heat the vegetable oil on medium high heat and fry the Mandazi until golden brown. Remove and place on paper towel to remove the excess oil.

If you try this recipe, post a photo, tag Help One Now, and we will share it with the Help One Now community!

We can’t wait to see your Mandazi!

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