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Vetkoek @Salwaa Smith | Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

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Vetkoek literally means “fat cake“, which is a traditional South African fried dough bread. The vetkoek forms part of South African culture and cuisine.

Vetkoek is traditionally served filled with mince curry. My mom also served vetkoek with curry instead of roti or rice. Vetkoek dough can be frozen for later use, thaw and fry as needed. Ready fried vetkoek can also be frozen. My recipe makes 20 vetkoek.

Dutch immigrants who moved from Cape Town to the interior of South Africa in the early 1800s, known as Voortrekkers, or “those who trek ahead,” began making vetkoek because it was quicker and easier to cook than typical breads. The bread is similar to the Dutch oliebollen, a sweet fried bread containing raisins.


cake flour





water as needed

oil for frying

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Mince Curry

Mince Curry Recipe

500g lean steak mince
1 tablespoon oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed ginger
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
2 pieces stick cinnamon
5 cardamom seeds
3 cloves
2 teaspoons leaf masala
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground jeera/cumin
1 teaspoon ground koljander/coriander
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quartered
1 cup frozen peas

Wash and drain meat. Heat oil, add onions, cardamom and stick cinnamon and cook until onions are transparent. Add all the spices and simmer for 15 minutes. Add mince to sauce, stirring. Cook covered for 10 minutes, then add tomato and potatoes and cook until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add frozen peas. Cook a further 10 minutes. Serve hot with roti or rice and atchars.

Instead of adding frozen peas add 1 aubergine cut into small pieces.

Add chopped green chillies if you like your curry hot.