East African Donut

Jade and Shelah Acker, CBF field personnel in Uganda

Because of your gifts to the Offering for Global Missions, Shelah and Jade Acker can welcome immigrants and refugees to the table in Kampala, Uganda. They provide education, job training and a safe place for women. #offeringforglobalmissions #globalmigration (Their recipe is for Maandazi  or an East African doughnut, a common breakfast food from Uganda.)

Maandazi or East African doughnut: This is also a snack or breakfast. 2 cups of flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 eggs, 11/2 Cups Milk. Mix dry ingredients. Add eggs and milk and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoons into hot oil and fry until golden, turning when lower side is brown. Serve with African milk tea (tea and boiled milk and sugar with some masala spice)


Matoke, or plantain bananas are the favorite and a staple food here. It is a bit more involved to make and you cant’ really get the right kind of plantain there. But… for 6 servings:

8 -10    plantains

1 lemon, juice (optional)
oil  (for frying)
1 chopped onion
2 -3 Tomatoes, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 chili pepper, chopped (optional)
salt and some coriander (to taste)
1 lb beef stew meat, cut in bite-sized pieces
1 cup beef broth

Royco (a spice you get here and I have never seen it in the USA). It is like beef bullion, mixed with curry and some other stuff. You can just use curry powder probably.

1 Peel the plantains, cut into cubes, sprinkle with lemon juice, and set aside.

2 Heat oil in a large pan. Fry the Onion, tomatoes, green pepper, hot pepper, and garlic together. Add spices to taste. Add meat or broth. Continue frying and stirring until the meat is nearly done or until the broth is starting to boil.

3 Reduce heat. Add plantains. Cover and simmer over low heat until plantains are tender and meat is done. Serve matoke (matooke, if you prefer) hot.