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Try a Rwandan Pancake Day

A recipe for simple and delicious pancakes, Rwandan style.

Rwandan pancake

How do you celebrate Shrove Tuesday? Do you grab a pan and have a go at flipping those pancakes, hoping they don’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.


pancake ingredients

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100g sugar
  • 125ml milk
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp, baking powder
  • 240g white flour
  • 125ml 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 that’s soft but not sticky. Add more flour if needed.

Whisking pancake ingredients

2. With a rolling pin, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s about ½ inch thick. Let it stand for about 20 minutes, then cut it into 12-15 triangles.

Cutting Rwandan pancakes

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.

Cooking pancakes

4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with coffee.

Rwandan pancake

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.

Children eating mandazi

Fancy trying another recipe from the field? Learn how to make Pancit Bihon or Filipino Noodles with Compassion graduate Rose.

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