Vetkoek Magwinya Recipe

Vetkoek Magwinya Recipe

30th August is National Vetkoek Magwinya Day in South Africa. Vetkoek (Afrikaans name that translates to English as ‘Fat Cake’) or Amagwinya (Zulu name) is a delightful, typically South African snack. It forms part of both Afrikaans and Zulu cultures and it consists basically of a mixture of flour, water, sugar and salt which is made into small balls and deep-fried until golden brown.

Vetkoek Magwinya, is similar to the Caribbean Johnny cake, the Dutch Oliebol and the Mexican Sopaipillas.

Vetkoek Magwinya make for a lovely dinner or snack. You can make them any size you like. They’re a great party snack if they are made small and filled with various processed meats, tuna and mayo, curried minced meat, cheese, onions, peas and carrots or basically anything you like.

They are very tasty!


Prep Time

20 minutes

Additional Time

1 hour

Total Time

1 hour 20 minutes


12 servings


2 cups lukewarm water
¼ cup white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
7 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups oil for frying


Mix lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast in a small bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to bubble slightly, about 5 minutes.
Sift flour and salt together in a large bowl.
Pour water mixture over flour mixture and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover bowl with clean cloth and let dough rise until until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.
Pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a tennis ball; roll until smooth. Flatten ball of dough until it is the size of palm; set aside on a floured work surface. Repeat with remaining dough.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Fry flattened pieces of dough in the hot oil, 2 to 3 pieces at a time, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

Video – Du Indulge || Amagwinya Aka Vetkoek Aka Puff Puffs

Video by Du Indulge

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Vetkoek Magwinya – Bon appétit!

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