The best vetkoek recipe ever

Posted on 9 July 2021

When we stayed at eKasie Backpackers in Khayelitsha, we were served the most divine vetkoek for lunch. We couldn’t rest until we’d got the recipe. Unfortunately, the backpackers has since closed down, but you can still make this delicious dish at home. So, here you go.


  • 6¾ cups flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 packet yeast
  • Lukewarm water
  • Cooking oil (for frying)

Cooking instructions: 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 to 60 minutes until it is about double its original size.

Cooking instructions: How to make the vetkoek

  • Pour the cooking oil into a frying pan to have about 3 or 4cm of oil in the pan. Heat the oil to about 375°F (200°C).
  • Divide the dough into balls about the size of a tennis ball.
  • Flatten the dough until it is about 3 centimetres 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.

Serve with savoury mince, cheese or jam. Yum, yum, yum!
(This may be the best Vetkoek recipe ever, but here’s another recipe for mini padkos vetkoek. You decide.)

Picture: Twitter/Zola Nene


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