Recipe for Vetkoek, versatile and delicious

Vetkoek: A deep-fried dough bread that can be served as a savory or sweet dish. It is often filled with minced meat, cheese, or jam, making it a versatile and satisfying treat.

Here’s a recipe for Vetkoek, a traditional South African fried bread. Vetkoek is a popular snack or street food that can be enjoyed on its own or filled with various savory or sweet fillings. Here’s how you can make it:

Ingredients for Vetkoek :

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups lukewarm water
Vegetable oil, for frying

Optional Fillings:

Minced meat (cooked and seasoned)
Cheese and ham
A sweet jam or syrup


In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, instant yeast, and salt. Mix well.
Gradually add the lukewarm water to the dry ingredients, mixing as you go, until a soft dough forms. You may not need to use all the water.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Place the dough back into the bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air, and then divide it into small balls, about the size of a tennis ball.
Heat vegetable oil in a deep pot or frying pan to a medium-high temperature.
Carefully drop the dough balls into the hot oil and fry them in batches until they are golden brown on all sides. It takes about 3-4 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to turn them over.
Once cooked, remove the vetkoek from the oil and drain them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Allow the vetkoek to cool slightly before filling them with your desired fillings.
Serve the vetkoek warm with your chosen fillings or enjoy them plain.

Serving Suggestions:

Vetkoek can be enjoyed on its own as a snack or as part of a meal.
For a savory option, fill the vetkoek with cooked minced meat that has been seasoned with spices of your choice.
You can also fill the vetkoek with a combination of cheese and ham for a delicious and comforting treat.
If you prefer a sweet option, fill the vetkoek with your favorite jam or syrup.
Vetkoek can be served as a main dish with a side of salad or as a dessert with a dollop of ice cream.

Enjoy your homemade vetkoek!

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