Kenyan Food Recipes

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Mahamri is an alternative to bread or tea biscuits. It is sweetened and spiced. Mahamris are a specialty at the Kenyan coast. Coastal prepare them for or even as an accompaniment for vegetarian dishes.

WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE MAHAMRI

  • Iliki – Swahili for cardamom
  • Amira – Swahili for yeast
  • White flour
  • fresh milk or coconut milk
  • Sugar
  • Eggs- This is optional ·
  • Warm
  • Salt
  • Oil

HOW TO PREPARE MAHAMRIS

1. Dilute one teaspoon of yeast in a cup of warm and leave it undisturbed for at least three hours.

2. Mix a teaspoon of crushed cardamom, four tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt and three eggs.

3. Add half a cup of warm milk and yeast to the mixture and mix thoroughly.

4. Add three cups of white flour to the paste and knead the dough until it is fine. Make sure it has no flour lumps.

5. Divide the dough into several medium sized balls and roll them onto a floured board or surface.

6. Depending on the of each ball, cut the rolled dough into smaller pieces. You can cut them circular or square, depending on your choice.

7. Let these balls rest under room temperature for about two hours so as to allow them to lighten up.

8. Pour the oil into a pan and heat it until it is hot. Begin to fry several of the mahamris at a go. Cook them on both sides until they are golden brown in colour. Do not let them stay in the pan for more than three minutes.

Serving tips

Good for with tea or black coffee. They can also be eaten on their own as a snack, or served with fried cowpeas as a full meal.



Source by Chris Ochieng

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