Dombolo (dumplings)

Dombolo (dumplings)

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  • 125 g cake flour
  • 125 g mealie meal
  • 1 t instant dry yeast
  • 4 T sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 250 ml warm water

Cooking Instructions

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Pour in the water and mix until you have a batter. Mix for 10 minutes to develop the gluten. Place in a lightly oiled bowl or plastic bag and leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour.

Place dollops of the batter on top of your stew, cover the pot and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until puffed up.

If you want to make steamed bread, leave the batter in the bag, tie the end closed and place it on a trivet or metal vegetable steamer in a pot. Fill the pot about a quarter way up with water, don’t fill it any more otherwise you risk water getting into the bag.

Place the pot over a medium heat and steam for about an hour – keep filling up the pot up with water as necessary. Remove the bread from the bag before serving.

Serve with one of these easy stew recipes

Cook’s note: If you cover the dough with clingwrap, spray it with cooking spray before covering so the dough doesn't stick to the clingwrap. It's a chef’s trick that I learnt from one of my students. For something different, try adding a cup of drained canned corn kernels. I make my African dumplings using half mealie meal and half cake flour as I like the texture, but you can use only flour if your prefer.

Browse more South African recipes here.

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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  • Cingashe Nogaya Motale
    July 3, 2019

    Tried this recipe today, the recipe was so simple I was certain it would flop. And it did not, what a pleasure. They were better than my moms. And that’s not easy. I loved every bite and my fussy eater son did not care for the stew but wanted the dumpling. Both my husband and daughter had seconds! Thank you for a concise recipe, only thing that was a little confusing is measurements I.e. “t” whether it’s for tsp or tbsp- I was not certain but I figured it was “teaspoon” owing to the volume.