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*Dombolo, also known as dumplings, is a popular South African dish made from a simple dough that is steamed until light and fluffy. While traditional dombolo is made with yeast, you can also make a quick version using baking powder. Here’s a recipe to help you make dombolo with baking powder.

How To Make Dombolo With Baking Powder Recipe

Dombolo made with baking powder is a quick and easy alternative to traditional yeast-based dombolo. While it may not have the exact same texture as yeast-based dombolo, it is still delicious and fluffy.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South African


  • - 2 cups all-purpose flour- 4 teaspoons baking powder

    - 1 teaspoon salt

    - 2 tablespoons butter, melted

    - 3/4 - 1 cup milk (adjust as needed for desired consistency)


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    2. Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    3. Gradually add the milk while stirring the mixture. Start with 3/4 cup of milk and add more as needed to form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
    4. Once the dough comes together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it gently for a minute or two until smooth.
    5. Divide the dough into small balls, approximately 2-3 inches in diameter. You can adjust the size based on your preference.
    6. Place the dombolo balls into a steamer basket or a pot with a steamer insert. Make sure there is enough space between the dumplings for them to expand during cooking.
    7. Cover the steamer basket or pot with a lid and steam the dombolo over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are cooked through and puffed up.
    8. Once cooked, remove the dombolo from the steamer and serve them warm as a side dish or with your favorite stew or sauce.



You can customize the flavor of the dombolo by adding herbs, spices, or grated cheese to the dough before shaping the dumplings. Be creative and experiment with different flavors to suit your taste.
When forming the dombolo balls, handle the dough gently and avoid overmixing. Overworking the dough can result in dense and tough dumplings.
- The amount of milk required may vary depending on factors such as humidity and the absorbency of the flour. Start with 3/4 cup of milk and gradually add more if needed to achieve a soft and slightly sticky dough.
- Steaming time can vary depending on the size of the dombolo balls. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, ensuring that the dumplings are cooked through and have puffed up before removing them from the steamer.
- Dombolo can be served alongside stews, curries, or soups. They are great for soaking up flavorful sauces.
- Leftover dombolo can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or two. To reheat, you can steam them again or gently warm them in a microwave or oven.
Enjoy these quick and tasty dombolo made with baking powder as a comforting addition to your meals!


Serving: 50g
Keyword How To Make Dombolo With Baking Powder
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