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vetkoek recipe

Vetkoek Recipe

Linda Moreland
Vetkoek is deep-fried bread. South Africans typically fill them with curried ground beef or cheese and syrup.
Course Main
Cuisine South African


  • cups Flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 packet Yeast
  • Lukewarm water
  • Cooking oil (for frying)


How To Make The Dough

  • Mix sugar and yeast with some lukewarm water and leave to foam.
  • Sift flour and salt.
  • Pour yeast in flour and knead.
  • Keep adding water and knead until you have a consistency like a bread dough.
  • Leave the dough in the bowl and cover the bowl with a cloth.
  • Leave the dough to rise for about 45 - 60 minutes until it is about double its original size.

How To Make The Vetkoek

  • Pour the cooking oil into a frying pan to have about 1-1½ inches of oil in the pan. Heat the oil to about 375°F.
  • Divide the dough into balls about the size of a tennis ball.
  • Flatten the dough until it is about 1 inch thick and about the size of your palm.
  • Place two or three pieces of the flattened dough at a time into the oil. Fry each side until golden brown.