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Magwinya is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. You can fill them with sweet or savory fillings, such as jam, cheese, minced meat, or beans. Get creative and experiment with different combinations to find your favorite.

Magwinya Recipe Rith Baking Powder

Magwinya, also known as vetkoek or amagwinya, is a popular South African street food. It is a deep-fried dough bread that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here's a recipe to help you make magwinya using baking powder.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South African


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

    - 2 tablespoons sugar

    - 1 teaspoon salt

    - 1 tablespoon baking powder

    - 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil

    - 1 cup warm water

    - Oil for frying


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
    2. Add the melted butter or oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
    3. Gradually add the warm water while stirring the mixture. Mix until a soft and slightly sticky dough forms.
    4. Once the dough comes together, knead it gently on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes until smooth and elastic.
    5. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rest for about 30 minutes to allow it to rise.
    6. After the dough has rested, heat oil in a deep pot or deep fryer to about 350°F (180°C).
    7. Pinch off small pieces of the dough and shape them into round balls, approximately 2-3 inches in diameter.
    8. Carefully drop the dough balls into the hot oil, a few at a time, and fry them until golden brown and cooked through. This should take about 4-6 minutes per batch.
    9. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the magwinya from the oil and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
    10. Repeat the frying process with the remaining dough balls until all the magwinya are cooked.
    11. Serve the magwinya warm with your choice of fillings or spreads, such as jam, cheese, or a savory filling like minced meat or beans.



- The dough should be slightly sticky but not too wet. Adjust the amount of water or flour as needed to achieve the right consistency.
- When frying the magwinya, make sure the oil is hot enough to create a crispy exterior but not too hot to burn the dough. Maintain a consistent temperature throughout the frying process.
- You can experiment with different fillings and toppings to personalize your magwinya. They can be enjoyed as a sweet treat or a savory snack.
- Leftover magwinya can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. Reheat them in the oven or toaster to regain their crispiness.
Enjoy making and savoring these delicious magwinya made with baking powder!


Serving: 50g
Keyword Magwinya
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