Kaimati – Fried Sweet Dumplings

Kaimatis are an indulgent Kenyan Coast specialty where by, gooey dough balls are coated with sensational syrup. In addition to tasting heavenly, they are also extremely easy to make.

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…


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)

Another way of enjoying kaimatis is by coating them with powdered sugar

Or with melted chocolate


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22 Comments Add yours


    Your Kimati’s looks yummy can I get the recipe.


  2. BILL JOY says:

    ooooh my i loved the kaimatis b sure i will give it a try this weekend,can i hv more recipes,on baking,deep fries,roasting e.t.c


    1. admin says:

      Stay Tuned for much more Bill Joy


  3. Cheptoo Cece says:

    Ohh My!!!.
    I have already eaten with my eyes. They look delish.

    http://tastiedine.wordpress.com {Foodie Blog}


  4. Beatrice says:

    hi, I want to make the kaimatis in the morning for breakfast and my mind tells me if I use the syrup they will be too soft in the morning, can I add sugar to the flour direct and knead together instead of using syrup


    1. admin says:

      Hello Beatrice,
      Of course you can do that! or coat them with the syrup in the morning. Happy Cooking


  5. cate says:

    i will be sharing your link of my facebook page called bachelors kitchen is that ok with you?


  6. Keyton says:

    How many does this recipe make


    1. admin says:

      Hello Keyton,
      It depends on the size of the Kaimatis, this recipe made around 30-35.
      Happy Cooking.


  7. Bettie kmande says:

    Hey. I love your food blog. Really helpful. So am on this now waiting for the batter to puff up and already made the syrup. Problem is the syrup is already solidifying. Where could I have gone wrong?


    1. admin says:

      Hello Bettie, Sorry for not getting back to you immediately, did you simmer it on low heat as instructed?


  8. Anonymous says:

    Did you already post the Mandazi recipe?


  9. tonnah says:

    i did everything but my butter is tasting funny is that how it should be


    1. admin says:

      How about the Kaimatis?


  10. Deedra says:

    Hi. This looks so good! Reminds me of fairground fried dough! I’m going to make with my daughter for her to bring to school for her Kenya project. Can we make the night before? We were planning on just dusting them with powdered sugar.


    1. admin says:

      Hello Deedra

      You can make them the night before yes and leave them at room temperature. I would suggest
      dusting them in the morning just before you take them to the project.

      All the best and kind regards.


  11. Peninnah says:

    wow! I tried kaimatis and kahawa chungu for the first time and it was lovely. keep up the good work of sharing


  12. Peninnah says:

    Kaimatis with melted chocolate is lovely.


  13. saada says:

    Yummy…my issue is how do I get them round in shape?


    1. admin says:

      Hello Saada,
      Follow the steps above and you’ll have them round!

      Happy Cooking.


  14. jackiepedra says:

    Can i use normal chapati flour in making kaimatis


    1. admin says:

      Yes you can!


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