How To Make Dombolo


For this traditional South African dish, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil


Follow these steps to make delicious Dombolo:

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

In a mixing bowl, combine the self-raising flour and salt. Make a well in the center and slowly add the lukewarm water. Mix with your hands until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Step 2: Let the Dough Rise

Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for about 30 minutes to allow it to rise.

How To Make Dombolo

Step 3: Shape the Dombolo

After the dough has risen, divide it into small balls about the size of a golf ball. Flatten each ball slightly with your hands to create a round shape.

Step 4: Cook the Dombolo

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the sugar and vegetable oil to the boiling water. Carefully drop the shaped dough into the pot, making sure not to overcrowd them. Cover the pot with a lid and let the Dombolo cook for about 20-25 minutes until they are fluffy and cooked through.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

Once the Dombolo are cooked, remove them from the pot and serve hot with your favorite stew or sauce. Enjoy this traditional South African dish with family and friends!

Tips for Making Dombolo

Here are some tips to ensure your Dombolo turn out perfect every time:

  • Make sure the water is boiling before adding the dough to the pot to ensure the Dombolo cook evenly.
  • Do not overcrowd the pot with too many Dombolo as they need space to expand while cooking.
  • Feel free to customize your Dombolo by adding herbs or spices to the dough for extra flavor.
  • Leftover Dombolo can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheated when ready to eat.

Now that you know how to make Dombolo, try this traditional South African dish in your own kitchen and impress your loved ones with your cooking skills!