Kaimati (Dried 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.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 10


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup natural plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Exo Flava cinnamon powder

Ingredients for the syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp ground cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp 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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