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East African Breakfast Platter

Bethica Das
50 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT East African Breakfast Platter RECIPE

This is a typical East African breakfast menu that are very popular. On this platter you will find MAHAMRI, a deep fried doughnut which is the most favourite of all. It is generally served with tea or chai in the Swahili lingo. The other dish is UJI WA WIMBI, a porridge made of millet flour. Next comes NDUMA (Arrowroot) & SWEET POTATO, that are boiled and shallow fried. So the locals generally start their day with either of these dishes or as preferred. All in all a healthy breakfast to kick start a day.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Breakfast and Brunch

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1. Mahamri (Doughnuts) -
  2. 1 cup plain flour
  3. 2 tbsp. butter
  4. 3 tbsp. powdered sugar
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  9. warm milk as required
  10. oil to deep fry
  11. 2. Uji Wa Wimbi (Porridge) -
  12. 3 tbsp. millet flour (I used Sorghum / Jowar flour)
  13. 2 + 1/2 cup water
  14. 2-3 tbsp. sugar / honey or to taste
  15. 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  16. 3. Fried Nduma (Arrowroot) -
  17. 2-3 Arbi, boiled, peeled & cut into thick slices
  18. pinch of salt
  19. pinch of pepper or to taste
  20. 1-2 tbsp. oil to shallow fry
  21. 4. Fried Sweet Potato -
  22. 1 medium size sweet potato, boiled, peeled & cut into thick slices
  23. pinch of pepper powder or to taste
  24. pinch of salt
  25. 1-2 tbsp. oil to shallow fry


  1. 1. Mahamri - Mix together flour and butter till it resembles bread crumbs. Then add all the other ingredients (except milk) and knead into a dough. Add milk if required. Cover with a damp cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll out each portion into a circle of 1/4" thickness. Cut into squares with a pizza cutter.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry in batches till till light golden in colour. Drain on a kitchen towel and dust with some powdered sugar. Enjoy for breakfast with a hot cup of tea / coffee.
  4. 2. Uji Wa Wimbi - Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Meanwhile mix together millet flour and 1/2 cup water into a paste.
  5. When the water comes to a boil, add the sugar/ honey and cardamom powder. Simmer till the sugar dissolves.
  6. Then add the flour paste and continue to simmer on a low flame till it turns thick to a desired consistency. Switch off the flame and serve as breakfast, garnished with a pinch of cardamom powder.
  7. 3. Fried Nduma (Arrowroot) - Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the sliced arrowroot on both sides till they are light golden in colour. Drain and sprinkle salt and pepper. Your simple breakfast is ready.
  8. 4. Fried Sweet Potato - Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the sliced sweet potato on both sides till they are light golden in colour. Drain and sprinkle salt and pepper. So Breakfast is ready.

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