In many Households, these delicacies are mostly prepared during the Holy Month of Ramadhan as a dessert or a delightful snack, but they can also be found on the humid streets of the Kenyan Coast as street food anytime of the year.
The first time I tasted Kaimati was when I was 6 years old. I had just came home from school and instead of finding my usual snack ready (coconut biscuits with a glass of milk) there was something new in our wooden bowl. Something have never seen before or rather tasted. The little golden brown dough balls looked extra ordinary harmless, but something in them was telling me; “I-dare-you-can’t-stop-me-at-ONE!
Well I picked one just to try…. what happened next is History!
Why don’t you make some and be the judge! Apart from the plain way of having them, I’ll also show you how to serve them in 3 different ways!!
Below is the simple and easy recipe..
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup natural plain yoghurt
½ cup water
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Ingredients for the Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons ground cardamom
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Grated lemon rids (optional)
In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix very well till the batter becomes sticky
Cover and set aside for 1-2 hours to puff up (can also leave it aside overnight)
In the meantime, prepare the syrup by;
Adding sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and add lemon juice (grated lemon rinds) and cardamom then simmer for about 5-8 minutes or till it’s sticky. The syrup should coat a spoon when ready
Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely
In a wok, heat 2 cups of vegetable oil and using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, drop dumplings in the hot oil and fry till golden brown
Drop in the ready dumplings in the syrup and coat them for one minute (the longer you leave them the more syrup they’ll absolve hence becoming very sweet)
Voila! Kaimatis are ready!
Another way of enjoying kaimatis is by coating them with powdered sugar
Or with melted chocolate
I served my 3-way kaimatis with a scoop of coconut ice cream and kahawa chungu!
Happy when eating kaimatis and sad when kaimatis are finished…..