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Magwinya, also known as vetkoek, has a long history in South Africa and is a popular dish among many South Africans. Over time, magwinya became a staple food for many people in South Africa, particularly those in townships and rural areas. It was a cheap and easy food to make, and could be filled with various fillings, making it a versatile meal. Today, magwinya can be found in many roadside stalls sold by the most amazing ladies, doing the best they can to gain traction to their small business.

Magwinyas are so tasty because of its crispy, golden exterior and soft, fluffy interior. The dough is made with flour, yeast, sugar, and salt, which is then fried in hot oil until it is cooked through and crispy on the outside. The dough is also versatile, allowing for a variety of fillings, from savoury options such as curried mince or cheese and bacon, to sweet fillings like jam or chocolate spread. The combination of the crispy exterior, soft and fluffy interior, and flavourful fillings make magwinya a delicious and satisfying meal or snack for many South Africans.


Here’s a simple recipe to make it:


  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (10g) instant dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant dry yeast, sugar, and salt.
  2. Slowly add the lukewarm water and mix until the dough comes together. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Leave it to rise for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  4. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it lightly. Divide the dough into small balls, about the size of a tennis ball.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or pot. Once the oil is hot, gently place the dough balls into the oil and fry until golden brown, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  6. Remove the magwinya from the oil and place them on paper towels to drain the excess oil.
  7. Serve the magwinya hot, filled with your favorited filling, such as minced meat, cheese, or jam.

Enjoy your homemade South African Magwinya!!

1 Comment

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    June 4, 2023

    I just made this this morning. I was my first time making them and it came out perfect 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will surely be making them again soon.



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