How to Start Mandazi Business

Mandazi is an east African Doughnut eaten as a snack. The delicious snack is made from flour and other ingredients.
Entrepreneurs with limited funds could consider venturing into this business. The capital requirement is low and you can setup shop in a simple tent.
The snack could accompany many dishes, dipped or eaten by its self. It has a slightly sweet taste and similar to regular doughnuts. The shapes differ from circular, oval, doughnut shaped or the popular triangle shaped Mandazi.
The Origin
The snacks origin could be traced to the Swahili people of Africa. Other areas you find the snack are Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Uganda
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania.
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Main Ingredients
The main ingredients are flour, yeast and sugar. Others include water, milk or coconut milk. Some food vendors add almonds or peanuts. They are typically fried in deep oil and turn a fluffy texture when cooked.
  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Milk
  • coconut milk
  • groundnut oil
  • add almonds or peanuts
To start a Mandazi business you need a locally fabricated firewood cooker, firewood and charcoal. The frying pot should be large enough to accommodate several Mandazi.
You need a long perforated cooking spoon to turn the snack in the oil. The most common oil used in the preparation is groundnut oil.
  • fabricated firewood cooker
  • firewood
  • charcoal
  • perforated cooking spoon
  • mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
Food vendors interested in Mandazi usually operate in open air locations. The location should be in an area of heavy human presence and traffic. Many work from street corners, close to schools and residential areas.
You don’t particularly need a license to run this business. However there are state levies and tax requirement. The operator needs to take into consideration fire safety protocols.
The business is easy to start and you need basic equipment. Secure funds trough target savings or borrow from family. There are thrift and credit societies eager to aid small entrepreneurs.
Marketing requirements is low. The main marketing is visibility at your choice location. If you are so inclined, print a banner or signboard for the business. Use word of mouth and make sure the snacks are delicious and appropriately priced.


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