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Madiba's Fourth Favourite Recipe - Dombolo (aka Dumplings)

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When the winter cold sets in and you’re craving something warm and cozy... you need a taste that reminds you of home! You can’t go wrong with our third and final Madiba favourite - Dombolo (aka Dumplings). These dumplings taste great and they really really easy to prepare with only six ingredients and a few simple steps, our homemade dumplings recipe is beyond delicious.

Dombolo (Dumplings)

Serves 8 – 10


  • 600g (5 cups) cake flour
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • 10g (1 sachet) instant dry yeast
  • 625ml (2½ cups) lukewarm water
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) butter


  • Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and mix in the sugar and yeast. Gradually add the water, mixing until a soft dough is formed.
  • Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Melt the butter in a pot. Roll the dough into balls the size of your palm.
  • Place the balls of dough in the melted butter and pour boiling water into the pot to a depth of 2cm. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat until the dumplings are cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  • As the water evaporates the butter will begin to fry the base of the dumplings – keep an eye on them to check that they don't burn and add a little more water if necessary.
  • Serve hot with a meat dish such as umleqwa or a nice stew.

Source/Credit: "Ukutya kwasekhaya" - Tastes from Nelson Mandela's Kitchen - Recipes by Xoliswa Ndoyiya - Book available to buy on Google Books- Click here