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Guyanese and Trinidadian Recipes

Mittai or Mitai


1½ cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup yellow crystal sugar
Vegetable oil


  • Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and just enough water to make a dough.
  • Cut the dough into small pieces, and roll into strings about ¼ inch in diameter and about 4 inches long.
  • Deep fry the dough strings in vegatable oil until golden brown, and place on paper towels or brown paper to soak up the excess oil. Place in a separate bowl when the excess oil has been drained.
  • Boil the sugar with some water to make a syrup, then pour the syrup over the fried dough.
  • Shake/stir to get an even spread of the syrup, and allow to cool. As it cools, it hardens and the syrup changes to crystals, giving the mittai the crusty sugary outside appearance.

Alternative Recipes

This is an alternative recipe for a different sort of Mittai. The contributor, Ramnauth Sookraj, has this to say about his recipe, "... normally served on the Friday night preceding Hindu weddings in Guyana - the "maticore" or "dig-dutty" night. I have fond memories of tassa drums beating as the womenfolk and children wend their way along the village road, with one matron balancing a tray of delicious mittais on her head.

These diamond shaped mittais have a softer texture than the longer, crispier variety normally sold at roadway stands.


1 small dry coconut, grated
1 lb flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 - 2 lb sugar
2-3 tbsp ghee or margarine
1/2 cup milk or water for mixing
1 cup water for syrup
Oil for frying


  • Mix together grated coconut, flour, ghee, baking powder. If you like, you may add a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Gradually add water or milk that has been sweetened with a little sugar, and knead mixture to a stiff dough.
  • Divide into fist-sized balls. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness on floured board, then cut into 1-inch diamond shaped pieces.
  • Deep fry in oil until golden brown.
  • In the meantime, prepare syrup by putting to boil 1 cup water with about 2 lbs sugar. Boil until it thickens, then pour mixture over fried mittais. Keep turning with a spoon until mittais are evenly coated and syrup begins to dry. Let the mittais cool.

Here is another alternative, compliments of 'Alicia' from the Internet. Thanks Alicia!


1 lb. flour
6 oz margarine
Handful of grated coconut
2 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of salt
Nut meg
1 teaspoon custard powder
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon baking powder.

1/2 lb white sugar


  • Rub in all ingredients and knead with milk. Make into dough and leave for 45 minutes.
  • Roll out and cut into rectangle shapes and deep fry. Leave to cool.

For sling:

  • Mix 1/2 cup water with white sugar and boil until thick.
  • Throw on mittai and mix and leave sling to dry on mittai.
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  1. hi i tried this. But the hot oil splashed badly as the dough was getting cooked. It wounded me :(. May you explain the reason behind it. · [ remove ]
    2036 days ago

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