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Magwinya - Deep Fried Doughnuts
Magwinya, a national favorite from Botswana and South Africa, is a type of deep fried doughnut. In South Africa, they are referred to as township food and in Botswana, the best ones are bought from street vendors who make them fresh and sell them with fried chips. Not exactly the healthiest snack but it is very popular.
Follow along with this classic magwinya recipe.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Measure 500 grams (approximately 4 cups) of plain flour and sift into a bowl.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Add Remaining Dry Ingredients
Add half a teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of instant yeast and 4 tablespoons of sugar to the plain flour in the bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients together.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Add Warm Water
Add the warm water to the dry ingredients gradually.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Mix the Dough
Mix the dough with a wooden spoon This mixture forms quite a wet and sticky dough, therefore no kneading is requiredContinue to 6 of 10 below.
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Allow Dough to Proof
After mixing the dough thoroughly for about 5 minutes, cover the dish with a damp cloth and allow to rise for 60 minutes in a warm area. After 60 minutes the dough should have doubled in size.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Beat the Dough
The dough needs to be mixed and so the air can be beaten out of it. Once this is done, allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Scoop and Fry Dough Balls in Oil
The mixture is quite springy. Place some dough into a spoon and scoop into the oil. You may want to use a second spoon to push the dough into the oil. Ensure the oil is a medium heat. If the doughnuts brown immediately, the oil may be too hot. Getting the temperature right is important otherwise, you may end up with doughnuts which a very brown on the outside but raw on the inside.
Tip: Fry just one magwinya in the first instance to test the oil heat. When you think it is ready, take it out,... allow to cool enough to handle, then open it up and taste the center of the doughnut. It is easy to tell if it is still raw. If the magwinya is very brown and still raw inside, the heat is too high.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Fry the dough on each side for approximately 2 minutes per side.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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