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What Do You Know About Vetkoek Recipe? See The Yummy Variants Of The Dish For Thanksgiving

Vetkoek recipes. Photo credit: Immaculate Bites

What is Vektoek?

The traditional South African Vetkoek is a very unique type of bread. Fried dough is used to make it. Vetkoek is an Afrikaans word which means “fat cake.” Most vetkoek recipes feature curry mince, often stuffed in the cake, and affectionately called the ‘currie bunnie.’

You will find the vetkoek on sale in most Southern African take-away restaurants and cultural events. The popular dish is either eaten with a filling or plain. Cunnie bunnies already have minced meat within – and are usually ready to go.

The Vetkoek originally came from the Dutch immigrants in the 1880s. The immigrants were known as Voortrekkers, which means “those who trek ahead.” As they moved into South Africa’s interior from Cape Town, this was a quick meal to make on the road.

Vetkoek has international cousins like the Dutch oliebol, and the Johnny Cake from the Caribbean. The similarity with the Mexican sopaipillas is uncanny. Its overall appearance is like that of a doughnut that does not have a hole.

How nutritious is it?

Considering the fact that Vetkoek is made from wheat, the dish has a lot of calories. You can stuff the Vetkoek with various nutritional fillings to make the meal a balanced diet. Most Vetkoek recipes are therefore very nutritious, but as with every other type of food with starch, you have to take in moderation.

Are there good health benefits to its consumption?

As mentioned above, vetkoek has a generous serving of calories in kilojoules. While it is very delicious, it comes with a caveat – you need to be active in order to burn the excess calories you consume. You should not eat this bread on a daily basis, since a tennis-ball-sized vetkoek contains twice the amount of fat recommended for a single day’s consumption.

Are there any Adverse Side effects from Eating Vetkoek?

There are no side effects to eating the Vetkoek, unless you are allergic to it. However as mentioned, you have to eat the dish in moderation. The refined carbohydrates in the wheat may lead to an unhealthy weight gain, and may cause heart disease in the very long term. Ensure that you are physically active to burn off the extra calories to avoid becoming obese.

Why is the Vetkoek Culturally Important?

The Vetkoek is an important part of South African history. It is part of their rich cultural history. The Vetkoek spread to other parts of Southern Africa and you will find it in Botswana and Namibia.
Another reason why the Vetkoek is a favorite is that it is easy to make and versatile. You can out any filling you want and have a yummy dish in minutes. It is a favorite for school kids, who carry it to school as a snack or a full meal.

10 Yummy Variants of Vetkoek Recipe

#1. Vetkoek By African Bites


South African Vetkoek aka Fat Cake, crispy outside and warm and fluffy inside filled with minced curry.

Have you have been cutting back on calories? Well, It is about time to take a break and try out this South African, Iconic Street food, Vetkoek, also known as fat cake.

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Vetkoek By African Bites

Yields7 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time1 hr

Vetkoek in a nutshell is deep fried yeast buns that can be served as a snack, for breakfast or lunch. It is usually paired with apricot jam, cheese or with minced curry

Vetkoek Recipe
 5 ½ cups cake flour plus more
 2 tsp Salt
 2-3 tablespoons sugar
 1 packet yeastor 2 1/4 teaspoon or .25 ounce
 2 cups lukewarm water
Minced Curry Recipe
 1 lb minced meat
 2 tbsp canola oil
 1 whole onion sliced
 5 ½ tsp minced garlic
 2 -3 tomatoes chopped
 ½ tsp paprika
 2 cups diced potatoes
 1 cup peas and carrots
 ½ tsp white pepper
 ½ tsp hot sauce or cayenne pepper optional
 2-3 tablespoons parsley or cilantro
 Salt to taste

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Ingredients

Vetkoek Recipe
 5 ½ cups cake flour plus more
 2 tsp Salt
 2-3 tablespoons sugar
 1 packet yeastor 2 1/4 teaspoon or .25 ounce
 2 cups lukewarm water
Minced Curry Recipe
 1 lb minced meat
 2 tbsp canola oil
 1 whole onion sliced
 5 ½ tsp minced garlic
 2 -3 tomatoes chopped
 ½ tsp paprika
 2 cups diced potatoes
 1 cup peas and carrots
 ½ tsp white pepper
 ½ tsp hot sauce or cayenne pepper optional
 2-3 tablespoons parsley or cilantro
 Salt to taste
Vetkoek By African Bites

#2. Simple Recipe for South African VetKoek By Know Insiders

Vetkoek is a traditional Afrikaner pastry. It is dough deep-fried in cooking oil and either filled with cooked mince or spread with syrup, honey, or jam. It is thought to have its origins from the Dutch oliebollen, which go back to the time of the migration period. It is similar in taste to Mexican sopapillas.

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Simple Recipe for South African VetKoek By Know Insiders

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time50 mins

VetKoek - which literally means "fat cake" in Afrikaans - is a proudly South African pastry. It is crispy outside and warm and fluffy inside filled with minced curry. Check out the simple recipe below!

 2 cups lukewarm water
 7 cups all-purpose flour
 2 teaspoons salt
 3 cups oil for frying

Simple Recipe for South African VetKoek By Know Insiders

Ingredients

 2 cups lukewarm water
 7 cups all-purpose flour
 2 teaspoons salt
 3 cups oil for frying
Simple Recipe for South African VetKoek By Know Insiders

#3. Vetkoek With Lamb And Hummus By Woman And Home Magazine

The word vetkoek literally means "fat cake" in Afrikaans. It is similar in shape to a doughnut without a hole, and is made with a yeast dough. In a traditional South African braai, or barbecue, vetkoek may be served alongside boerewors

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Vetkoek With Lamb And Hummus By Woman And Home Magazine

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time50 mins

 1 kg shop-bought bread dough
 750 ml oil for frying
 750 g lamb mince
 30 ml olive oil
 1 large onion, finely chopped
 1 green chilli, finely chopped
 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
 10 ml ground cumin
 A sprig rosemary or 5 ml dry rosemary
 Salt and pepper to taste
 Zest and juice of 1 lemon
 1 x 350 g Mediterranean Delicacies hummus of your choice
 Fresh herbs to serve

Ingredients

 1 kg shop-bought bread dough
 750 ml oil for frying
 750 g lamb mince
 30 ml olive oil
 1 large onion, finely chopped
 1 green chilli, finely chopped
 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
 10 ml ground cumin
 A sprig rosemary or 5 ml dry rosemary
 Salt and pepper to taste
 Zest and juice of 1 lemon
 1 x 350 g Mediterranean Delicacies hummus of your choice
 Fresh herbs to serve
Vetkoek With Lamb And Hummus By Woman And Home Magazine

#4. Chilli Mince with Vetkoek Recipe By Whats For Dinner

The perfect Friday evening snack! This easy-to-prepare vetkoek and mince recipe will kickstart your weekend.

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Chilli Mince with Vetkoek Recipe By Whats For Dinner

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr 5 mins

 200 g Knorrox soya mince chilli beef flavour
 2 cups water
 1 tbsp cooking oil
 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
 1 green pepper, chopped
 300 g lean beef mince
 4 medium-sized potatoes peeled cubed
 2 cups of water
 2 Knorrox chilli beef stock cubes
 1 cup frozen peas

Ingredients

 200 g Knorrox soya mince chilli beef flavour
 2 cups water
 1 tbsp cooking oil
 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
 1 green pepper, chopped
 300 g lean beef mince
 4 medium-sized potatoes peeled cubed
 2 cups of water
 2 Knorrox chilli beef stock cubes
 1 cup frozen peas
Chilli Mince with Vetkoek Recipe By Whats For Dinner

#5. Vetkoek w/ Cape Malay Minced Beef Curry By Bespoke Lifestyle

Vetkoek is the Afrikaans name for which literally means ‘fat cake’ and is as South African as it gets!

In reality though, Vetkoek is nothing more than dough that you deep fry and it should be light and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. It can be served with delicious cooked mince or turned into a sweet bite of apricot jam and cheddar cheese.  It can also be served anytime of the day.  Breakfast is usually the sweet version and the mince filling is reserved for the rest of the day.

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Vetkoek w/ Cape Malay Minced Beef Curry By Bespoke Lifestyle

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr 5 mins

You want a crowd-pleasing dish that is relatively cheap? Then add this mince curry to your go-to recipes.  Think mince curry with a side of salad and rice, mashed potatoes, vetkoek or fresh bread rolls.  It goes a long way as a crowd pleaser.  It’s delicious and leaves you with plenty time to enjoy your own party!

For the vetkoek
 1 kg cake flour
 1 tsp salt
 2 tsp sugar
 65 g butter
 800 ml warm water
For the mince filling
 1 large onion, finely chopped
 2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
 1 whole clove
 1 garlic clove, crushed
 3 cm fresh ginger, grated
 400 g minced beef
 ½ tsp ground cumin
 1 tsp curry powder (More if you like it spicy)
 1 tsp masala
 1 tsp sugar
 ½ tsp salt, or to taste
 1 tin chopped tomatoes
 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted (You can also use the store-bought frozen vegetable mix or fresh veggies)

Ingredients

For the vetkoek
 1 kg cake flour
 1 tsp salt
 2 tsp sugar
 65 g butter
 800 ml warm water
For the mince filling
 1 large onion, finely chopped
 2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
 1 whole clove
 1 garlic clove, crushed
 3 cm fresh ginger, grated
 400 g minced beef
 ½ tsp ground cumin
 1 tsp curry powder (More if you like it spicy)
 1 tsp masala
 1 tsp sugar
 ½ tsp salt, or to taste
 1 tin chopped tomatoes
 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted (You can also use the store-bought frozen vegetable mix or fresh veggies)
Vetkoek w/ Cape Malay Minced Beef Curry By Bespoke Lifestyle

#6. Easy To Make Vetkoek Recipe By The South African

It may seem tricky, but Vetkoek is really much simpler than you thought

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Easy To Make Vetkoek Recipe By The South African

Yields10 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time35 mins

You can make this vetkoek any size you prefer. They are great for a braai, a breakfast or a party snack and if you need them to be savoury, add some cayenne spices to the dough to make it spicy. They can be filled with various fillings, curried minced meat, cheese, or basically anything you feel like.

Ready to get those delicious vetkoek’s cooked for devouring? Let’s see how to make our very own yummy version.

 

 3 tsp salt
 600 ml lukewarm water
 butter
 oil

Ingredients

 3 tsp salt
 600 ml lukewarm water
 butter
 oil
Easy To Make Vetkoek Recipe By The South African

#7. Fatcook (Vetkoek /Amagwinya) Recipe By Taffy Cooks

 If you wanna make this the perfect vetkoek recipe, cook some ground beef and stuff the buns.

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Fatcook Vetkoek Amagwinya Recipe By Taffy Cooks

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time20 mins

You just have to cook your ground beef or mince the usual way then cut the bun by half and add the cooked ground beef. You will have to skip dusting these buns with icing sugar because it becomes a savoury dish. Fatcooks are known as South African food but i can safely say they are a Zimbabwean dish as well.

 2 cups cake flour
 125ml water (1/2 cup)
  oil for frying
  1 tbs sugar
 1/2 tsp salt

Ingredients

 2 cups cake flour
 125ml water (1/2 cup)
  oil for frying
  1 tbs sugar
 1/2 tsp salt
Fatcook (Vetkoek /Amagwinya) Recipe By Taffy Cooks

#8. Vetkoek and Curried Mince By Foodle Club

Vetkoek and curried mince.  Curry-flavoured ground beef served inside a traditional vetkoek – a great alternative to the normal curry and rice.

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Vetkoek and Curried Mince By Foodle Club

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time1 hr 30 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time2 hrs 30 mins

In South Africa, a Vetkoekis a ball of bread dough, deep-fried until it is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.   A vetkoek is delicous, served split in half and filled with your favourite curry. I love to serve them with a mince curry, made with lots of juicy sauce that soaks into the vetkoek, and drips out down your chin as you bite into the spicy goodness. You will need to keep plenty of serviettes handy !

Main Equipment
For the Vetkoek
 2 cups Plain Flourotherwise known as All Purpose flour. Don’t use self-raising flour, the yeast takes care of the rising .
 7 g (¼ ounce) packet dried instant Yeastyou can buy this in packets in the supermarket, and you just tip it into the mixing bowl with the flour.
 1 cup Lukewarm Water approximately
 1 tsp Salt
 1 tsp Sugar
 Sunflower oilsunflower or canola.
For the Curried Mince
 250 g (½ pound) Beef Mince (ground beef)
 250 g (½ pound) Pork Mince (ground pork) You could leave out the pork and use 500 g beef mince instead
 2 large potatoes chopped into small dice
 1 large onionchopped into small dice
 1 large stick celery chopped into small dice
 1 large carrotchopped into small dice
 2 large Tomatoesfinely chopped
 3 tbsp Tomato Puree
 2 tbsp Chutney I use Mango chutney,but you can use your favourite brand
 1 tbsp Sugar
 ½ cup frozen petit pois
 1 tsp Salt
 1 cup Beef Stock(you can make this with a stock cube)
 1 tbsp Olive Oilfor frying
For the Spice Mix
 2 tbsp Garam Masala
 2 tbsp Hot Curry Powderwe like it hot, you could use Medium for a milder taste
 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
 1 tsp Turmeric
 1 tsp All Spice

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Ingredients

Main Equipment
For the Vetkoek
 2 cups Plain Flourotherwise known as All Purpose flour. Don’t use self-raising flour, the yeast takes care of the rising .
 7 g (¼ ounce) packet dried instant Yeastyou can buy this in packets in the supermarket, and you just tip it into the mixing bowl with the flour.
 1 cup Lukewarm Water approximately
 1 tsp Salt
 1 tsp Sugar
 Sunflower oilsunflower or canola.
For the Curried Mince
 250 g (½ pound) Beef Mince (ground beef)
 250 g (½ pound) Pork Mince (ground pork) You could leave out the pork and use 500 g beef mince instead
 2 large potatoes chopped into small dice
 1 large onionchopped into small dice
 1 large stick celery chopped into small dice
 1 large carrotchopped into small dice
 2 large Tomatoesfinely chopped
 3 tbsp Tomato Puree
 2 tbsp Chutney I use Mango chutney,but you can use your favourite brand
 1 tbsp Sugar
 ½ cup frozen petit pois
 1 tsp Salt
 1 cup Beef Stock(you can make this with a stock cube)
 1 tbsp Olive Oilfor frying
For the Spice Mix
 2 tbsp Garam Masala
 2 tbsp Hot Curry Powderwe like it hot, you could use Medium for a milder taste
 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
 1 tsp Turmeric
 1 tsp All Spice
Vetkoek and Curried Mince By Foodle Club

#9. Yummy Tasty Vetkoek By Nam Foodie


The word vetkoek literally means "fat cake" in Afrikaans. It is similar in shape to a doughnut without a hole, and is made with a yeast dough.

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Yummy Tasty Vetkoek By Nam Foodie

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time20 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr 5 mins

In a traditional South African braai, or barbecue, vetkoek may be served alongside boerewors.

 3 cups flour
  cup sugar
 1 tsp salt
 2/3 cup lukewarm water
 2/3 cup, lukewarm milk
 1 tbsp yeast
 Cooking oilfor deep frying (this will depend on the size of your pan, about 3-4 cups for a small pan)

Yummy Tasty Vetkoek By Nam Foodie


Yummy Tasty Vetkoek By Nam Foodie

Ingredients

 3 cups flour
  cup sugar
 1 tsp salt
 2/3 cup lukewarm water
 2/3 cup, lukewarm milk
 1 tbsp yeast
 Cooking oilfor deep frying (this will depend on the size of your pan, about 3-4 cups for a small pan)
Yummy Tasty Vetkoek By Nam Foodie

#10. Homemade Vetkoek By Make Tasty Food

Homemade Vetkoek Recipe. Is a favorite south African Homemade vetkoek recipe that is versatile and made with different fillings. Simple jam or curry mince filling.

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Homemade Vetkoek By Make Tasty Food

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr

This recipe is popular, it is a south African favorite homemade vetkoek recipe, and many people make vetkoek. Some people make it as a meal often.

 4 x 250 ml flour (cups)
 7 ml yeast (1 1/2 tsp)
 5 ml sugar (1 teaspoon)
 3 ml salt (1/2 tsp)
 600 ml warm water or warm milk(or mixed)
 Oil to fry in.

Ingredients

 4 x 250 ml flour (cups)
 7 ml yeast (1 1/2 tsp)
 5 ml sugar (1 teaspoon)
 3 ml salt (1/2 tsp)
 600 ml warm water or warm milk(or mixed)
 Oil to fry in.
Homemade Vetkoek By Make Tasty Food

Conclusion

Vetkoek is excellent when you want to grab something that will fill you up fast. Trekkers historically used this dish while on the move. It gained nationwide popularity and is inalienable from the South African culture. While it was suitable for daily consumption by the active trekkers, it is not so suitable for regular consumption by less active people, since it has lots of fat.

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