Mandazi is a popular African snack that is sold at almost every local restaurant and by the road side too and usually eaten for breakfast with a cup of tea. This lemon mandazi adds a whole new element of flavour and warmth to the regular mandazi.
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp Blue Band Margarine
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
Zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup warm water
Oil, for deep frying
Using a sieve, sift flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
In the same bowl add margarine and use a fork to mix it into the flour, until it starts to resemble breadcrumbs.
Add sugar, vanilla essence, the lemon zest and water. Mix it until all the flour comes together.
Empty it out onto a clean work surface and knead the dough using your palms. You can use extra flour if the dough is too sticky or a little more water if the dough is too hard and dry. Knead for 10-15 minutes.
Cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 15-20 minutes.
Divide the dough into four portions. You can use a knife to cut it lengthwise and then across to form the four portions.
Roll each portion out into a rough shape of thickness about 1/2 cm. Cut the round into four to form the four mandazi. You can refer to the video above for this step.
Heat oil for deep frying and use a wooden spoon to test if it is done. When you dip the back of a wooden spoon into the oil, it should bubble right away. Place the dough into oil and deep fry until golden brown on both sides.
Serve with a cup of tea.