Simply put Mandazis are donuts from East Africa. I think they are close to our fugias.
• 2 cups of warm water
• 2 ¼ tsp yeast
• 3 ½ cup all purpose flour / maida
• ¾ cup sugar (powdered)
• ½ tbsp salt
• Oil for deep frying
• Icing sugar for dusting
Mix flour and salt together and set aside. To this add the rest of the ingredients. Rest the dough for 1 to 2 hours.
Heat oil in a kadai/wok/vessel with sufficient oil to deep fry. I prefer doing it in small batches with oil in a small vessel.
Wet your palm and fingers. Take the dough with your left hand and squish it through your thumb and forefinger. Dip the fingers of your right hand in water and scoop out the dough from the left hand and gently drop the dough in hot oil. Alternatively, spoon out dough in a tablespoon or teaspoon and drop gently into the oil. Be careful not to burn yourself. Do not overcrowd the kadai/wok/vessel.
Fry the Mandazi on medium heat in batches till all the dough is used up. You should have an even light golden colour.
Scoop out the Mandazi with a slotted/perforated spoon and place on a paper towel to drain off excess oil.
Dust the Mandazi with icing sugar.
Before I did this recipe, I learnt how to make fugias. You might find this link helpful