South African Traditional Vetkoek (pronounced as Fet-cook and literally meaning fat cake, fat cookie or fatty cake) is another traditional South African dish. It is very easy to make. It is bread dough deep-fried in oil. It’s easy to get it done in just a couple of steps. Let’s get started
South African Traditional Vetkoek (Fried Bread)
Vetkoek is a traditional South African fried dough bread. The vetkoek forms a part of South African culture. It is similar to the Caribbean Johnny cake, the Dutch oliebol, and the Mexican sopaipillas. It is also known by the Xhosa and Zulu name igwinya (plural amagwinya).The word vetkoek literally means "fat cake" in Afrikaans. It is similar in shape to a doughnut without a hole, and is made with a yeast dough. Vetkoeks are also often made alongside a curry mince, which is stuffed inside. Vetkoek is commonly sold at family-owned takeaway restaurants and African festivals and cultural events.Vetkoek is a popular meal for many people living in South Africa where it is served plain or with a filling and is hot and is sold by a wide variety of small trading businesses, hawkers at taxi ranks, roadside vendors, and fast food shops located throughout South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
- lukewarm water
active dry yeast
cups oil for frying
- Gather your ingredients.
- In a large bowl, mix salt, sugar, water, and yeast to activate the yeast. Let it remain until the yeast softens and bubbles slightly about 5 minutes.
- Using a sifter, sift your all-purpose flour in a bowl.
- Add yeast mixture to flour and then mix the dough until everything has come together perfectly well.
- Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let the dough rise until doubled in volume, about 50 minutes.
- Turn dough on a floured surface, flatten to knock out air bubbles, and knead to make firm, you may add flour as and when needed.
- Roll out the dough until smooth and cut it into your desired shapes or use a larger cookie cutter to cut the dough.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan.
- Fry until golden brown about 3-5 minutes depending on size. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper napkin or towel.
- Repeat for the remaining ones.
- Let it coolSplit in half and fill with mince meat or your preferred meat and enjoy.
Vetkoek can be served as a small snack, for breakfast or lunch. The ball-shaped dough is made from salt, yeast, and flour. When served at a South African braai, vetkoek is often served with boerewors, a traditional sausage. You can also serve them as they are, or with a cup of tea on the side.
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