Vetkoek: South African tradition at its best. Image: Carla Zinkfontein.

Vetkoek – Traditional favourite enjoyed all over South Africa

Revisit an old South African delicacy with this easy vetkoek recipe.


Vetkoek: South African tradition at its best. Image: Carla Zinkfontein.

Looking for the ultimate easy vetkoek recipe? You’re in luck as this recipe is super easy for the tastiest vetkoek. This timeless South African favourite is always welcome any time of the year.

Whether you enjoy this snack just with a thick slather of butter or you like to add some jam and cheese, this tasty snack is a winner. In the winter season, what is better than a vetkoek filled with curry mince? It is satisfying and will you with warmth and comfort from the inside out.

Preparing the vetkoek dough will not even take 15 minutes of your time but you need to allow the dough to proof for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the weather. If it is very cold and your kitchen is not very warm the dough may take a bit longer to rise.

Make sure you revisit this South African favourite before the winter comes to an end!

Vetkoek recipe

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Recipe by Carla Zinkfontein Course: SnacksCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
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  • 500 ml warm water

  • 4 cups flour

  • 1 packet yeast

  • 4 tablespoons sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons oil or more to fry


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer into an oiled dish and proof.
  • After proofing, on a floured surface cut into equal portions, shape into balls and let them proof while heating oil to fry.
  • Fry until golden brown


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