Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cooking with UmmHashim Series 6: Bur (Mandazi)

Bur (also known as Maandazi and sometimes called Mahamri or Mamri) are East African donuts. You can find these delicious donuts in large urban areas and also among the people of East Africa. In Somali, When ever you make Sambusa it usually accompanies it.

In other times, it is usually eaten with tea (chai) or coffee. Serve them warm for breakfast or for snack.


1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 cups white flour
2 tsp. baking powder


1. Bring all ingredients to room temperature before mixing them together.
2. Mix all the ingredients together, adding more flour if necessary. 
3. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. 
4. Roll the dough on a lightly floured board until it is about 1/4 inch think.
5. Cut into triangles and fry in hot oil. Fry until both sides are golden brown. 
6. Remove Bur (Mandazi) from oil and drain on paper towels or newspaper. 
7. Bur (Mandazi) are best served warm.


  1. Omg we make Mandazi too! My parents were born and raised in Uganda, so mandazi is a staple in our family as well. My husband LOVES mandazi. :)

    1. Yeah, I think its made all in the region of the Horn of Africa but call it a different name. I think we have a lot in common in our cuisine. My son can finish a whole bowl full of them =). He loves them. Hubby is on the fence =D