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Amagwinya or Vetkeok, translated in English as ‘fat cake’ is a tasty doughnut snack eaten mostly by the Zulu people of South Africa. In Ghana it is known as ‘Boflot’. Apart from the South Africans and Ghanaians, the people of Zimbabwe also eat this snack. Guess what! Amagwinya day is celebrated on  30th August, so you can join in its celebration by learning how to prepare this delicious snack.

If you agree then follow along as we discover how to prepare amagwinya.



7 cups of all-purpose flour

¾ cups of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

1 sachet of yeast or 10 grams

Two and half cups of water

Vegetable oil

2 slices of cheddar cheese (optional)


What Amagwinya Can Be Served With

Amagwinya can be served with cheese, jam, butter, minced meat, polony, soft drink or groundnuts.


Special Utensils

  1. Deep fryer
  2. Slotted spoon



  1. Put your flour, sugar, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together.
  2. Add the water and two tablespoons of oil. Mix together and thoroughly, using your hand or a mixer.
  3. Cover the dough for about 45 minutes to allow it to rise.
  4. Knead the dough again and let it sit for 15 more minutes.
  5. Heat your oil for frying. Let it be on medium heat. If you don’t have a deep fryer, let the oil be enough to cover the amagwinya during frying.
  6. Divide the dough into smaller balls and drop them gently into the oil. Fry till it becomes golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oil and transfer them onto the lined tray or plate.
  8. Melt the cheddar cheese and drizzle on top of the amagwinya.



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