How to Start a Mandazi Business In Kenya (with Ksh1000 to Ksh5000)

ByTristram Ouma

Mar 29, 2022
How to start a Mandazi business in Kenya

Last updated on March 2nd, 2024 at 05:45 pm

Do you want to know how to start a Mandazi business in Kenya? Or probably how to cook mandazi for commercial use.

In this article, I will show you everything you need to know to start a successful Mandazi business. I will show you how to start, how to cook mandazi, and how to market your business.

Sounds great right? Let’s kick in.

As you know starting a small Mandazi business doesn’t require that much capital. Like if you have around Kes 5000 you can start the business.

Though some people often start with less than 5k then grow as time goes on.

The good part with this type of business is that you don’t need complicated skills to start. Most of us know how to make Mandazi which is a good thing. In this article, I have listed some nice recipes for mandazi making which can actually help you get started.

How to Start a Mandazi Business in Kenya ( Checklist)

Before you even think of starting to make Mandazi for business you need to ensure you have mastered some skills.

You don’t want to start a business that people wouldn’t like or perhaps lose customers on your first day at work.

So to thrive at Mandazi business you will check if your skills are good to start the business. A simple way to measure your skill is by cooking mandazi at home and also trying different mandazi recipes.

However, you can improve your skills by practicing at home, watching online tutorials, reading recipe blogs, and also trying it out by yourself.

If you start observing some positive reactions from your family after testing different Mandazi recipes, then that should be a good sign that you’re fit to start the business.

Things You Need to Consider When Starting a Mandazi Business in Kenya

To start this business you will need to construct a business plan. You will agree with me when I say that planning is certainly wisdom

It doesn’t matter how small this business looks but how well you can execute what you have.

So basically my point is that you need to have the right requirements.

Cost of starting Mandazi business

You will require at least Kes 5000 to start this business. However, some people start with around less than 5k. Around 3k and 4k still works perfectly.

Here is a list of requirements to start a Mandazi business and their prices:

  • A frying pan- Kes 800- 1000
  • Charcoal Jiko- Kes 750- 1200
  • Frying spoon- Kes 250
  • 2-3 Basins- Kes 200 each
  • Operating Table- Kes 1200- 1500


The location you choose to host your business should be a priority.

So how do you know if a particular location is suitable for your business?

For this type of business, you should place it in areas that are often busy. Also, consider checking around where many shops are structured commonly referred to as “Duka”.

Otherwise, you can also host your business alongside the road. This helps a lot when people pass by. They can easily stop by, buy one or two Mandazis for breakfast.


You might be surprised to hear the word marketing. Yet, it’s always important to market your Mandazi business.

Of course, your primary goal is to sell more Mandazis and that can be done by increasing your marketing campaign.

Remember when you make something good your demand will be high, so make sure you nail at the uniqueness and deliciousness.

How to cook Mandazi

Ingredients for cooking 40 Mandazis

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour(375 g), plus more for dusting
  • ½ cup sugar(100 g)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 13 ½ oz coconut milk(400 mL), 1 can
  • oil, for frying


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cardamom, and salt. Make a well in the center, then use a rubber spatula to mix in the egg and coconut milk until the dough comes together.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Dive the dough into 4 portions. Roll out 1 portion of dough into a circle about ¼-inch (6 ml) thick. Cut into 8 triangles. Repeat with the remaining dough portions.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pot until it reaches 350˚F (180˚C).
  4. Working in batches, fry the mandazi for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  5. Drain on paper towels. Serve as breakfast or a snack with 5. Kenyan coffee or chai.

How much profit does a 2kg packet make you?

Some minor ingredients, like sugar, baking powder, and salt, are necessary to make mandazi. A 2kg bag of wheat flour costs around Kes 155- 200 while 5kg of cooking fat costs around Kes 1448. When these ingredients are combined, you can make over 50 mandazis and sell them for kkeys10 to 15 each. This generates a profit of Kes 600 to Kes 700 per day.

How to cook mandazi with a blue band

Prep time 40 minutes

Ready In 50 minutes

Servings 3 portions


  • 3 cups plain flour
  • quarter teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoon Blue Band margarine spread
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • half cup milk
  • oil for deep-fat frying

Nutritional guidelines (per serving)

  • 742 kcal energy (kcal)
  • 23.4g Protein (g)
  • 109 carbohydrate excl. fiber (g)
  • 20.9g Fat (g)


  1. Sieve the plain flour and salt and then add baking powder. Set aside
  2. In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to beat together margarine and sugar until creamy
  3. Mix into this one egg at a time followed by milk. Add the flour mixture into this and knead it into a dough
  4. Let rest for 30 minutes
  5. Pull out a portion of the dough and roll out to a thickness of ½ inch
  6. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut out small portions of the dough in small rectangles
  7. Fry the dough in hot oil for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Serve the mandazi with some tea

How to make mandazi with lemon

Prepare time; 2 hours


  1. 500 g self-raising flour
  2. 6 tbs sugar
  3. 2 tbs margarine
  4. 1 lemon
  5. Oil enough to deep-fry
  6. Warm Milk


  1. In a bowl put flour margarine and sugar and rub in till well combined.
  2. Add in the lemon zest from the grated lemon. Add in milk and make a dough.
  3. Squeeze lemon for juice add in 5he dough and continue kneading for like 10 minutes.
  4. Cover and set aside for 1hour
  5. Heat oil
  6. Cut your dough into balls. Then roll up the dough into a circle. Cut into strips and cut into rectangular or square shapes. Or use a glass to cut circular shapes

How to make your mandazi soft

Note that often, when you add too much flour, your Mandazi will turn out hard. To avoid this, make sure that your dough for Mandazi is soft, stretched, easy to roll out, and not hard. At all costs avoid adding too much flour when kneading your dough.

How many mandazi can be made from a 2kg flour?

Just from one packet of the 2kg wheat flour, Winfridah would make about 80 mandazis.

How much baking powder for 2kg flour?

The baking powder to a 2kg wheat flour is 1 tsp of baking powder per 100g of plain flour.

Final Thoughts On How to Start a Mandazi Business in Kenya

Starting a Mandazi business can be a profitable business idea if you have a better plan. I hope you enjoyed this article.

I wish you success in your business.

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