Tswana African Magwinya (South African Doughnuts)

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.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients. 
  2. Step 2

    In a clean bowl, mix the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt (if using) together.
  3. Step 3

    Add the warm water and vegetable oil and begin to mix into a soft dough.
  4. Step 4

    Once 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.
  5. Step 5

    After 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.
  6. Step 6

    In the meantime, heat up enough vegetable oil in a pot for deep-frying over medium heat.
  7. Step 7

    Scoop 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.
  8. Step 8

    Once ready, scoop the magwinya out of the pot and place them onto absorbent paper towels to drain the excess oil.
  9. Step 9

    The 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.