Quick and easy vetkoek

Vetkoek is essentially deep fried buns that can be eaten with anything from apricot jam to curry mince. It is somewhat similar to Dutch "oliebollen", the main diference being that oliebollen are sweet and contains raisins.

Traditional vetkoek is made from yeast bread dough, but this quick and easy vetkoek recipe use baking powder as the raising agent.


  • 2 cups (500 ml) flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) baking powder

(or replace the flour and baking powder with self-raising flour)

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ t (2 ml) salt
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Enough oil for deep-frying (should be 12 cm deep)


  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together
  2. Whisk egg, milk and sugar
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients, add milk and egg mixture and mix to very soft dough. You could add more milk if necessary.
  4. Heat the oil to between 180 °C and 190°C.
  5. Ladle level spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil (12 cm deep) and bake until brown on both sides, before removing from oil.
  6. Use towel paper to absorb the excess oil.

Serve the vetkoek with mince curry, grated cheese, golden syrup (Lyle's is the best!), or apricot jam.