Best Vanilla Essence for Mandazi Preparation

Many Kenyans love adding vanilla essence to make their mandazi extra tasty. But with so many brands available, it can be hard to know which one is best.

From mandazi fans we have interacted with, the most recommended brands for vanilla essence are;

Pradip Vanilla Essence

Pradip Vanilla Essence comes in 50ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1litre. The 50ml packet costs Ksh. 150 and is available in most stores in Nairobi

Pradip Vanilla Essence

Maimun Vanilla Essence

Maimun Vanilla Essence 50 ml package costs Ksh. 100. It can be used to make mandazi, cakes, and other baking foods. 

Maimun Vanilla Essence

Clovers Vanilla Essence

Clovers Vanilla Essence is available in 240ml package at a cost of Ksh. 150. It adds flavor and fragrance to your food. You can get it at any established supermarket near you.

Clovers Vanilla Essence

Many people who cook mandazi prefer Pradip because of its strong vanilla flavor.

Tips for using Vanilla Essence for Cooking Mandazi

Some of the tips you should be aware of before using any of the vanilla essences mentioned above include;

Pure vanilla extract is better than artificial vanilla essence if you can find it. The extract has a more natural, richer vanilla taste

Try adding other flavors like cardamom, cinnamon, or lemon zest along with the vanilla for extra delicious mandazis.

Only use a small amount of vanilla essence, like a drop or two. Using too much can overpower the other flavors.

Vanilla yogurt can also be used instead of essence to get a nice vanilla flavor in your mandazi dough.

Info: Some people who we have interacted with have indicated that they get headaches or migraines from eating foods with vanilla essence. This may be specific to people with certain conditions, but it’s something to be aware of.

Here is a recipe for how to make tasty Mandazi.


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