How to Make the Perfect Ugandan Mandazi

Lemon zest flavored Mandazi recipe that is sure to guarantee you amazing mandazi every single time!

Guys, you know that my love for mandazi is unrivaled. In fact, if I had not named this blog A Kitchen in Uganda, I would have gone with mandaziloveaffair or something around those lines. Yes, that love is real and so here I am, again, with another Mandazi recipe. I have shared Mandazi here  and here before but never a classic mandazi recipe. You know the one with the trusty lemon zest for flavoring. Mandazi are life savers and are not celebrated enough to be honest! I cannot recall the number of times I have had a pack of Mandazi on me for emergency situations while running errands in Kampala. Tell me, can you make Mandazi without looking at a recipe? This recipe is sure to guarantee you amazing mandazi every single time.

What you will need:

4 C. All purpose flour

1/4 C. Flour for flouring the surface and rolling dough

8 Tbsp. Sugar

2 C. Water

2 Tbsp. Butter/Margarine at room temperature

1 Tsp. Baking powder OR 1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda

1 Tsp. Lemon zest

1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves (optional)

1 Tsp. Vanilla essence

A pinch of salt

Oil for frying

Observations:

  1. The water should be cold.
  2. Make sure your oil is not very hot because this will cause the mandazi to burn before cooking through.
  3. Cloves and lemon zest give the mandazi a warm and citrusy flavor.
  4. If you are using less oil, make sure to flip the mandazi occasionally so the dough is fully cooked through.

Method

  1. In a clean bowl, sift flour and baking powder.
  2. Add salt, cloves, lemon zest and sugar and mix well.
  3. Rub in the butter till the flour becomes coarse.
  4. Mix the vanilla in water. Add water to the flour and mix till a firm dough forms.
  5. Knead the dough for about 2 minutes until it is no longer sticking to your hands. Set aside to rest for ten minutes.
  6. After 10 minutes, flour your surface and roll out the dough to about 1 inch thickness. Cut out rectangular shapes from the dough. OR divide the dough into 10 -12 equal parts and form round-shaped balls.
  7. Place a pan of frying oil on medium heat. Let the oil heat through. Fry the mandazi in batches of 4-5 for about 7 minutes or until risen and golden brown. Makes 10+.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing a modified version of this mandazi in true AKIU fashion. Stay tuned.

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Omunanansi (Pineapple Juice) Video

Fermented Pineapple Juice that uses pineapple peelings. Can be served as both a hot and cold beverage. Excellent at providing relief for colds when served with lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon and honey. 

This pineapple juice has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember and I have wanted to write about it for the longest time but somehow circumstances could not allow. 5 years later and I finally post it with a video! I remember as a child that whenever we had pineapples, we would make huge pots of boiled pineapple peelings and have juice to last days. It is really simple. You cut the pineapple and eat it then boil the peelings on low heat for an hour or so. Strain the juice, add a sweetener and let the juice rest over night and drink it the next day. If the weather is cold or chilly then you can drink it as a hot beverage.  What makes this juice special is the fermentation process that takes place when you allow the juice to rest overnight. This completely transforms the flavor and adds a bite, for a lack of a better word really, to the juice. 
Some people go as far as to add other fragrant ingredients like lemon grass, cinnamon, cloves, etc. You can spice it however you wish.
So today I am sharing this video of this simple pineapple juice in hopes that the next time you have a pineapple, you can try it.


What you will need:
1 Large ripe pineapple
Water
Sugar

Observations.

  1. This juice works well with over ripe pineapples especially if they are too ripe to eat.
  2. Before cutting the pineapple, make sure it is thoroughly cleaned.
  3. You can use the peelings as manure/ compost for your vegetable garden. 

Method

  1. Peel the pineapple and eat.
  2. Gather all pineapple peelings and place them in a clean pan. Add water.
  3. Bring the pineapple juice to a gentle boil over medium heat. Let the pineapple juice boil for about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from fire and let it cool down completely.
  5. Sieve the juice from the peelings.
  6. Add about two more cups of water and use your hands to juice the remaining peelings. Sieve and add to the rest of the juice.
  7. Discard the peelings.
  8. Sweeten your juice and let it rest over night in room temperature. 
  9. Serve cold with ice cubes or hot as a beverage immediately after cooking.

Do you enjoy this type of pineapple juice? 

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4 Ingredient Avocado Ice Pops

Hassle-free and easy to make 4 ingredient avocado icepops/posicles. Best served as fun treats to cool down.

How convenient is it that it is sweltering and it is also avocado season where I am. This means having frozen treats for days. I have shared multiple avocado recipes here, here here and here in the past but never this one. You need to try it. It is as easy as putting all the ingredients in a blender, blending and pouring the mixture in your mold of choice then freezing. Hassle-free!

 

What you will need:

4 Medium-sized avocados

1 C. Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Tsp. Vanilla essence

2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice/Vinegar

Observations

  1. You can substitute condensed milk for coconut condensed milk to make the recipe vegan.
  2. Since the condensed milk is already sweetened, I am not adding any sugar. If you prefer your ice pops on a much sweeter side, adjust accordingly.
  3. You can use ice pop molds or plastic cups as molds if you do not have this plastic.
  4. You can also freeze the blended mixture in ice cube trays and use it to make smoothies.
  5.   If your blender needs liquid to work, add half a cup of water into the blender before adding the rest of the ingredients. 

Method

  1. Peel the  ripe avocados and cut them into chunks.
  2. Add the avocados in the blender.
  3. Add the milk, vanilla and lemon juice and blend till smooth.
  4. Pour the pureed avocado mixture in your mold of choice.
  5. Freeze overnight before serving

 

Have you tried eating avocado as a sweet?

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