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South African Steamed Bread Dumplings (Idombolo)

by Sarah Adeola

Image by Steward Masweneng from Pixabay

For 2 people

Preparation Time 2 hours

Steaming Time 1


  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 Tablespoon sugar
  • 600-800 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Sift the flour and add salt, sugar, melted butter, and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add water and knead through for about 10 minutes, till it forms a soft pliable dough. The dough must not be watery. Cover the dough and allow it to rise for about an hour, till it rises double its size.
  3. Knockdown the dough by kneading again. Grease the enamel dishes (dough is enough for 2 small dishes) with cooking oil. You can also use normal mugs, just ensure you grease them with cooking oil.
  4. Fill the enamel dishes halfway through with the dough.
  5. Fill a large saucepan with water, enough to cover the enamel dishes halfway, and bring to a boil. Immerse bowl with dough into the water. Cover saucepan tightly and steam for 60 minutes over medium heat. Replenish the water if it goes dry.
  6. Test whether the dumplings are ready by inserting a skewer into the dumpling. If it comes out clean. If it comes out clean, then the dumpling is cooked.

Serve warm with soup, meat or chicken, or any of your favorite stew, together with cooked green beans, pumpkin, and potato salad

Nutritional values for one person

  • Calories 99kcal
  • Cholesterol 66mg
  • Sodium 5.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 17.4g
  • Protein 3.1g
  • Potassium 43.7mg
  • Calcium 44.1mg
  • Iron 0.6mg
  • Vitamin A 35.2 mcg
  • Vitamin C 0.2mg



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