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Mahamri, a yummy and beautiful Kenyan Cardamom Beignets or Doughnut

Very fluffy Beignets Donuts

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  • Author: Noreen
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 beignets 1x


Beignets with coconut milk and sugar and Dipping Sauce



For the beignets:

  • 2 1/2 cups organic pastry flour
  • 1 4oz package of dry active yeast
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional – this makes it African Style)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar for dusting (optional – this makes it New Orleans style!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • Coconut oil for frying (for extra flavor. You can use canola instead)

Raspberry dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup raspberry preserves or jam (choose seedless)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate dipping sauce:

  • 3/4 cup Nutella chocolate
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons butter


Stage 1 – Prepare the Dough

  1. Start by sifting your pastry flour into a large bowl to get rid of any clumps
  2. Next, add your cardamom, cinnamon, salt, coconut sugar and yeast into the bowl. Ideally with your hands, mix all your dry ingredients around
  3. Start by adding your melted butter into the dry ingredients and mixing around. With your hands, press the butter as it softens so that it mixes more thoroughly with more of the dough
  4. Crack your egg into the bowl next and begin to mix through
  5. As you’re mixing in the egg, gradually add your coconut milk bit by bit. The dough will start to form and thicken. You want to add your coconut milk in gradually so that you can stay mindful about the consistency of the dough that you’re looking for.
  6. Once you’ve added and mixed in your coconut milk, you should have a dough that’s non-sticky and easy to mold into the shape of a ball. If you find it to be a bit sticky, add a little bit of extra pastry flour in
  7. Cover your bowl with a towel and let the dough rest for 2 hours in a warm place. It should begin to rise and double in size

Stage 2 – Roll and Cut Your Beignets

  1. Once the dough has risen after several hours, lay it on some well-floured parchment paper and begin to roll it flat. You want to roll it to about a 1 inch thickness before cutting
  2. With your desired thick Mahamri dough ready to go, take a dough cutter or a knife and cut in a grid shape to get small square pieces of dough. Once you’ve cut all the dough, you’re ready to fry your beignets

Stage 3 – Frying the Beignets on Stove – If using Air Fryer skip to Stage 3B

Take a pot over medium-high heat and add your coconut oil. Your oil should melt and become very hot and ready for frying. Once it starts to crackle and sputter, you’re ready to go

  1. Start by adding in several pieces of your dough at a time. Let the beignets fry for ~30 seconds before flipping
  2. Flip again after 30 seconds back to the original side. These cook very quickly and can very easily become too browned, so you want to flip quickly and often
  3. After another 15 seconds on the original side, flip one last time over for a final 15 seconds on the other side. After 1 1/2 minutes total of frying, take your beignets out and set on a plate lined with paper towel
  4. Repeat for all your dough, then you’re done! Sprinkle the beignet with dusting of choice (powdered sugar or a combo of cinnamon and cardamom)

State 3B – Beignet in Air Fryer

  1. preheat air fryer to 350 degrees 
  2. spray basket with oil
  3. brush beignet with melted butter, flip it over and brush the other side
  4. fry for 13-14 minutes total, flipping it halfway
  5. enjoy!

For the chocolate sauce:

Step 1: Combine ingredients in a sauce pan on low heat until simmers. Let cool and serve or serve immediately!

For the Raspberry Sauce:

Step 1: Combine ingredients in a sauce pan on low heat until simmers. Let cool and serve or serve immediately!


  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Kenyan