An East African speciality found on about.com/food/
Mahamri are a sweetly spiced East African coconut doughnut. There is a great level of confusion concerning what mahamri really are, and whether they are in essence the same as mandazi. In fact, when it all boils down to the technicalities of fried dough, they are essentially the same as mandazi.
The difference is that they have added fragrant spices, or coconut or both of these at times. After all, fried dough is fried dough whether it is spiced, salted or plain. Yet, the nuances are to be respected.