How To Make Vetkoek

Vetkoek, which literally translates to "fat cake," is a traditional South African dish that is incredibly simple to prepare but irresistibly delicious. These light and fluffy balls of fried dough are perfect for any occasion, be it a quick snack, a hearty meal, or a special treat for your guests. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of making vetkoek.

  1. Ingredients
  2. Instructions
    1. Step 1: Making the dough
    2. Step 2: Shaping the vetkoek
    3. Step 3: Frying the vetkoek
  3. Serving Suggestions
  4. Conclusion


Before we jump into the recipe, let's take a look at the ingredients you'll need:

  • 500g of cake flour
  • 10g of instant yeast
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 cups of lukewarm water
  • Oil for deep-frying


Step 1: Making the dough

In a mixing bowl, combine the cake flour, instant yeast, salt, and sugar. Mix well. Gradually add the lukewarm water, stirring continuously to form a soft and sticky dough. Knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour or until it doubles in size.

Step 2: Shaping the vetkoek

After the dough has risen, lightly flour your work surface, and turn the dough out onto it. Using your hands, divide the dough into small, equally-sized pieces (about golf-ball-sized). Roll each piece into a ball and place them onto a floured surface. Cover with a damp cloth and let them rest for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: Frying the vetkoek

In a deep frying pan or pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, gently place a few pieces of the dough into the oil. Fry each side for about 3-4 minutes or until it turns a golden brown color. Remove the vetkoek from the oil and place them on paper towels to drain excess oil. Repeat the process until all the dough is fried.

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Serving Suggestions

Vetkoek is best served hot and fresh from the frying pan. Traditionally, this dish is served with mince, curried beef, chicken, or any filling of your choice. While still hot, take a sharp knife and gently slice open each vetkoek, being careful not to cut all the way through. Spoon a generous amount of filling into the center and serve immediately. You can also serve them with sweet toppings like jam, syrup, or cinnamon sugar.


Making vetkoek is simple, and it's a dish that can be enjoyed not just in South Africa but also all over the world. With the right ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can make these delicious snacks anytime you want. Try it out today and let us know what you think!

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