How to Make Mahamri


Mahamri is a type of sweet and spiced bread that is popular in East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. Here’s a recipe to make mahamri:


  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of warm coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the warm coconut milk, warm water, and instant yeast. Stir until the yeast is dissolved.
  3. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic. If the dough is too dry, add a little more warm water.
  4. Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let it rise for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.
  5. After the dough has risen, punch it down and knead it again.
  6. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a thin sheet and cut it into small triangles or squares.
  7. Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or pot over medium-high heat.
  8. Fry the mahamri in hot oil, turning them over until they’re golden brown on both sides.
  9. Drain the fried mahamri on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  10. Serve the mahamri while they’re still warm with a cup of chai tea or as a snack on their own.

Enjoy your freshly made mahamri!

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