Vetkoek with Mielies Recipe - Deep Fried Corn Rolls

Vetkoek with Mielies Recipe – Deep Fried Corn Rolls

Traditional South African Vetkoek with Mielies (Deep Fried Corn Rolls)

Corn cakes, also know as mielie vetkoekies, are a delicious snack on its own, or serve as a side dish to accompany any meal.

Vetkoek with Mielies Recipe - Deep Fried Corn Rolls

Vetkoek with Mielies Recipe – Deep Fried Corn Rolls

This is an easy recipe to make for any meal. You can add chillies, garlic, green pepper and other ingredients to make them into a savoury dish. Otherwise simply serve with honey or syrup as a sweet treat.

Make them into smaller portions and you have a super snack. They are so delicious!

Remember when you make this the oil must be the right temparture. The oil must be hot enough, but not too hot to burn as it must have time to cook through. If the oil is too cold, the dough will absorb too much oil.   

Mielie Vetkoek (Deep Fried Corn Rolls)

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Recipe by Irene Muller Course: Snacks, SidesCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
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These Deep Fried Corn Rolls is a Traditional South African dish that you can enjoy both sweet and savoury. Miliek (Corn) Vetkoek (Deep fried rolls).


  • 2 cups 2 self raising flour

  • 1 large 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon 1 baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • 400 g 400 corn, whole kernels not creamed sweet corn (1 tin)

  • 125 ml 125 water

  • 125 ml 125 milk

  • 1 litre canola oil/sunflower oil


  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, add the egg and mix well.  
  • Add the tin of corn and the liquid, half milk and water mix the dough until it has a smooth texture, but still slightly thick so that if you spoon it, it will slide easily off the spoon.
  • Heat the oil in your choice of the pan, about 1/2 full, depending on the size you are using.  When hot, spoon the dough in the oil, about 4 at a time, or more if using a larger pan.
  • Spoon hot oil continuously over the top, if you are lucky, the will turn by themselves (although not always). Turn after a few minutes and let it cook further. You will know then they are cooked when it feels light when you take it out. Place in your bowl lined with a paper towel to absorb access oil.
  • This takes only a few minutes depending on the heat of your oil, remember to watch the temperature of the oil it must not be too hot or cold. 
  • Repeat until all mixture is used.


  • Serve with honey or syrup and cheese.

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