EAST AFRICA SUGAR COATED DEEP FRIED SWEET DUMPLINGS: KAIMATI ZA SUKARI KWA JUU
Deep fried sweet dumplings (known as 'KAIMATI' in Kiswahili) are an East Africa snack made from flour,sugar and cardamom, then deep fried to golden brown. Sometimes, the kaimati are further coated with a sugar coating (known as KAIMATI SUKARI KWA JUU)! What a snack!!-Believe you me once we had been served 2-3 of these dumplings in the morning for breakfast - we could marathon all the way to school! Now I just indulge in the nostalgic feeling! These are similar to Kaimati - the difference being only the sugar coating. I usually serve mine with spiced coffee.
FOR THE SUGAR COATING (SHIRA)
(FOR BEGINNERS: Divide the coconut milk into 2 parts: Divide the coconut milk into Measure ¾ cup and ¼ cup. The first part will be added to create the wet dough. The ¼ cup will be added AFTER you have kneaded the wet dough).
More information & tips
1)The traditional liquid used to make these dumplings was coconut cream and coconut milk. However you can substitute with water or milk, however, the taste and texture will slightly vary.
2) There is a saying among the Swahili people that acknowledges these sweet dumplings! If somebody only shows conditional (fake love) they say 'mapenzi ya kaimati sukari kwa juu' (meaning the love is only like a sugar coating on the sweet dumpling and it it is not felt deep).