African Donuts | Fat Cooks

Crunchy on the outside. Fluffy and soft on the inside. African Donuts are a huge favourite from North to South. In Zimbabwe they are called Fat Cooks. In South African: Vetkoek or Amagwinya. In Kenya: Mandazi. In Nigeria: Puff Puff. Enjoy this delicious bite-sized dessert treats, in 3 different ways!

1 – 2
15 mins


3 small cups flour
1/2 small cup mealie meal
1 tsp cinnamon
I tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 small cup buttermilk
1/2small cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
6 tsp sugar


  1. Mix all dry ingredients together
  2. Add egg and milk slowly and continue mixing. Make sure mixture is thick enough to form a ball
  3. Heat 4 small cups of oil in a pot on medium heat
  4. Rub oil on hands so dough does not stick and roll the dough into balls
  5. Start adding the balls into the heated oil one by one
  6. Turn the African donuts every so often to ensure they brown without burning for about 10-15 mins on each side until done

Glazing In 3 Ways (Optional)

  1. Add 2 tbsp of sugar to 2 tbsp of hot water and glaze. Roll in colourful sprinkles
  2. Do the same as in step 01 above but this time, roll in coconut flakes.
  3. Cut african donuts across. Add chocolate spread/melted and whipped cream on top