How do you celebrate Shrove Tuesday? Do you grab a pan and have a go at flipping those pancakes, hoping they donâ€™t end up on the floor? Do you garnish with lemon and sugar, or smother with indulgent chocolate spread?
This year, why not add some African flavour to Shrove Tuesday by serving these popular Rwandan snacks? Mandazi are similar to doughnuts, and you can even get the kids to help.
- 1 egg, beaten
- 100gÂ sugar
- 125mlÂ milk
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tsp, baking powder
- 240gÂ white flour
- 125mlÂ cooking oil, plus more as needed
- Powdered sugar for sprinkling (optional)
1. Mix together the egg, sugar, milk, butter and baking powder. Slowly mix in the flour, forming a dough thatâ€™s soft but not sticky. Add more flour if needed.
2. With a rolling pin, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until itâ€™s about Â½ inch thick. Let it stand for about 20 minutes, then cut it into 12-15 triangles.
3. Heat the oil in a frying pan/skillet. Place the triangles in oil over medium heat and fry until both sides are golden brown. Remove to drain on paper towels.
4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with coffee.
Rwandan children love mandazi - they are crunchy on the outside but fairly sweet and soft inside. Mandazi are generally homemade and are often eaten with tea for breakfast or in between meals. This group of children take a break from Compassion project activities to enjoy their favourite snacks.
Fancy trying another recipe from the field?Â Learn how to makeÂ Pancit Bihon or Filipino Noodles with Compassion graduate Rose.