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Amasi Bollas

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Amasi Bollas, Traditional Cape Malay sweet treat (variation from the South African “Koeksister”)

Amasi Bollas, a traditional South African Sweet treat dunked in a sweet syrup and covered in coconut.

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Amasi Bollas, a traditional South African Sweet treat dunked in a sweet syrup and covered in coconut

Amasi Bollas

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours
  • Yield: 25 depending on size 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: South African


A South African Indian Dessert dipped in syrup and covered with coconut similar to a drop Donut.


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  • 500 ml self-raising flour
  • 2.5 ml baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine elachi (ground cardamon)
  • 2 teaspoon melted butter
  • 15ml sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg and
  • ± 300ml Full cream Maas OR buttermilk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice



  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, and elachi.
  2. Beat the rest of the ingredients, butter, sugar, vanilla essence, egg, and buttermilk, and mix well with the dry ingredients
  3. Deep fry in oil until golden brown.
  4. Take care not to fry it in too hot oil and too fast as bollas will be still raw
    in the center.
  5. Dip a teaspoon in hot oil first and then scoop a teaspoon batter in oil.
  6. Fry the bollas to a golden brown
  7. Put on a paper towel to drain off excess oil.


  1. Syrup the bollas in lemon flavor syrup and sprinkle fine coconut over it.
  2. Mix the sugar, water, and lemon juice, allow simmering on low heat until syrupy.


  1. Add two pieces of stick cinnamon and two cardamom pods while boiling the syrup.
  2. Add citric acid OR a small piece of butter to prevent sugar from crystallizing.

This will make a plus-minus 25 bollas if using teaspoon size.


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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 153
  • Sugar: 17
  • Sodium: 164
  • Fat: 5
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 25
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 22

Keywords: Amasi Bollas

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