Tswana African Magwinya (South African Doughnuts)
Magwinya is a favorite, tasty street food sold in Botswana and South Africa along with fried chips. Here is the recipe for these doughnuts.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 500grams all-purpose flour (or cake flour without raising agent)
- 4tablespoons/30 grams sugar
- 2teaspoons instant yeast
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 500milliliters warm water
- 1tablespoon vegetable oil (plus more for deep frying)
- Optional: rolled in the jam of choice and sugar
- Serving Suggestion: a cup of tea
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2In a clean bowl, mix the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt (if using) together.
Step 3Add the warm water and vegetable oil and begin to mix into a soft dough.
Step 4Once the dough has been mixed very well, cover with a tea towel and set aside to rise for an hour. Note: This dough won't be kneaded.
Step 5After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size. Mix the dough again—this helps to achieve softer dough. After mixing, allow the dough to rest for a further 10 minutes.
Step 6In the meantime, heat up enough vegetable oil in a pot for deep-frying over medium heat.
Step 7Scoop out some batter with a large spoon and drop it into the hot oil. Use a second spoon to push the dough into the hot oil, if needed. Ensure the oil is being heated under a medium flame to prevent the magwinya from browning too quickly without fully cooking on the inside. Fry the doughnuts until golden brown, turning halfway to ensure even browning.
Step 8Once ready, scoop the magwinya out of the pot and place them onto absorbent paper towels to drain the excess oil.
Step 9The magwinya can be served alone, but they also go well with a cup of tea . For extra indulgence, roll them in jam and sugar. Serve immediately and enjoy.