One of the most famous delicacies of the coast of Kenya (and most parts of East Africa). These are a delightful snack, enjoyable at any time: as a starter sweet before a meal, for a light dessert with coffee, for b-fast if you have a sweet tooth, with tea in the evening, midnight sweet craving etc etc etc. Super versatile!
I especially love to have these at iftar time in Ramadhan! Even if you've never heard of them before, but have a sweet tooth or enjoy the occasional sweet snack, this is for you!! This is the best recipe I have ever come across for Kaimatis! Some people like the sugar coating solid. I prefer the coating light n slightly sticky on my crunchy Dumplings. Finger-licking gooooodness!
Boil syrup and cool completely
Mix the flour with all the above ingredients and beat thoroughly with your hand. It should be thick enough for you to be able to pick without it flowing down between your fingers, but not so thick that it's a dough. Not runny and yet not too thick.
Cover and let it rise for about half an hour. Touch some oil with your fingertips and mix the mixture again.
Heat oil, then pick small portions and drop in the hot oil, then immediately lower the heat and fry on very low heat, stirring the Kaimatis continuously so that they color on all sides and get super crunchy.
From heat place directly into the cooled sugar syrup.
Serve and enjoy!