Mahamri How to prepare breathtaking mahamri

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Every Kenyan appreciates well crafted and cooked mahamri. They are quite different from Mandazi because if the coconut taste. So this is how to prepare irresistible mahamri.

Cooking time

30 minutes

Recipe Category


Recipe Cuisine


Cooking Method

Deep frying


  • 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


  • Make the Dough

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

  • Let the dough rest in a warm place

        The dough should rise until it is double in size (the dough could rise in a few hours if you live in a warm climate).

  • Divide the dough into five balls.

    After the dough has finished rising completely, divide it into five equally sized balls.

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

  • Test the oil.

It is essential that the oil be hot enough to properly fry the dough. To test whether or not the oil has heated completely, tear off a small corner of dough from one of the triangles and drop it into the pan. The dough should come to the surface of the oil and start to puff up. This is a clear indication that the oil is hot enough for frying.

  • Drop four mahamri into the oil. 

Drop in four dough triangles into the pan, making sure they don’t overlap. Use a spoon to splash oil over the top of the mahamri a few times while they are frying.

  • Turn the mahamri as soon as it is a light brown and turn. Cook them for a minute on this side until both sides are golden brown.
  • Remove the mahamri.

  • Place them on a large plate lined with paper towels, which will help soak up the excess oil.

  • Repeat the process when cooking the remaining balls.

  • Serve them when warm.

What is the nutritional value of Mahamri?

Kenyan - Mahamri

  1. Servings:  
Calories122Sodium40 mg
Total Fat3 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs20 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber1 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein2 g
Cholesterol8 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%


Facts about Mahamri

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Mahamri is a type of doughnut that originated from the Swahili culture of Kenya and Tanzania. Its special ingredients include Cardamom and Coconut milk.

The snack can also be made by pigeon peas being mixed with coconut milk. Mahamri is a common snack in Kenyan households today. They are majorly taken in the morning as accompaniments of tea for breakfast.

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