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South African Bollas

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Like a koeksister, the South African Bollas is a smaller version of the traditional confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup and covered with coconut.

Easy Bollas Recipe to Treat Family

South African Bollas

an image of Buttermilk Bollas - an Indian dessert like a 'Drop Donuts'. It's soft and fluffy, and they are Yeast-Free Donuts, that are easy to whip up and these are make with buttermilk..

Savor the authentic taste of South Africa with our delightful Buttermilk Bollas! Get going and whip up a batch of these scrumptious treats and experience a burst of flavors like never before.

  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Resting Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 100 depending on size 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Moderate
  • Cuisine: South African


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  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Oil for deep frying


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups of water

1 cup Coconut



  1. Whisk eggs and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and oil and beat until creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl sift flour and baking powder twice.
  4. Add flour mixture to egg mixture.
  5. Now add the buttermilk and mix it into a soft, sticky dough.
  6. Allow resting for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Place spoonfuls of mixture in hot oil and fry until golden brown.


  1. Mix sugar and water and allow simmering over low heat until syrupy.


  1. Dip a spoon in cold water to ensure that the dough separates from the spoon to form neatly rounded balls when dropped in oil.
  2. Place some syrup in a pan.
  3. Heat through and add Bollas.
  4. Syrup Bollas until glossy and sprinkle with coconut.

NB: Not suitable for freezing, but can be refrigerated before you dip them in the syrup.

Variation: Add two pieces of stick cinnamon and two cardamom pods while boiling the syrup.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Feriel from The Recipe Hunter: Tried  and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 

Keywords: South African, Bollas, Goolgoolas

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South African Bollas Goolgoolas

How about a Warm Water Bollas or Bollas in general

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