Our experience thus far with cooking in Uganda has looked a little like this.
Most foods are cooked over fire. So that means you are either boiling it or frying it. Baking doesn’t really seem to be a common thing here. We have jumped right into the whole frying thing, but are also trying to look for other healthier options! We do have a small counter top oven so we are able to do some baking. That said, there are certain things you just have to fry.
Mandazi is one of these things.
Mandazi is a small African donut and it goes deliciously with African Tea. Eat them for breakfast, as a snack, in the evening. Any time day is heavenly, but probably not all day everyday! They are quick and easy, and you can even freeze some of the dough and use it later. This is the best version we came up with on our own, but once we get some locals to share their recipe, we’ll update if needed.
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter melted
2 cups white flour
2 tsp baking powder
Bring all ingredients to room temperature and mix together. Add more flour if neccessary. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. We used our hands to pull off a small amount, rolled in a little ball, and flattened to about 1/4 of an inch thick.Fry in hot oil until both sides are golden brown. Not sure how many this will make as it will depend on size, but we had between 35 and 50. You can then sprinkle on some sugar on warm Mandazi if desired. Pairs well with African tea.
Black tea (African tea or garden tea)
2 cups of milk
2 cups of water
Combine milk and water and seep tea packets or loose leaf African tea in pot on medium high until it starts to boil. Take off burner and if using loose leaf, strain the leaves. Add desired amount of sugar and serve hot. Will make about 4 cups of tea. Pairs perfectly with Mandazi.
Try it and let us know how you like it. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it!
Reading on the porch during naptime//Movie watching on the kitchen floor//Tricep workout//Meeting other muzungus//Gracie using the squat pot for the first time//Teagan playing with the girls//Finding a nice restaurant in town//Gracie acting as “queen” of all the kids at the orphanage and “naming” them (ask me for the story, it’s hilarious)//meeting with pastor Ruth//furniture for our living room//Mandazi and African tea