Mandazi are East African fried breads similar to the American doughnuts (donuts) and the Danish 'klejne' which my grandmother and mother used to make when I was a child - I grew up in the rural area in Denmark where homemade, substantial food were part of the diet.
Mandazi are substantial snacks, popular in the coastal Swahili areas of Kenya and Tanzania - but I have found them all the way up through northern Uganda to Southern Sudan. Here people eat them for breakfast or as a snack with chai or kahawa.
Here (photo) they were prepared from scratch right on the street in Kisutu downtown Dar Es Salaam. A mandazi costs between 100 to 200 TSH, depending on the quality, my colleague next door says and adds; The best ones are made by the Indians, because they add spices.
Curious to make your own mandazi?
There are many recipes out there, but most of them appear to skip the essential, the Zanzibar flava; the spices and the coconut. And they truly are the best.
My favorite recipe is from the Congo Cook Book.