The South African pumpkin fritters also known as “Pampoenkoekies”

South-African-pumpkin-frittersThis delicious South African dish is reasonably inexpensive since the main ingredient of this meal is pumpkin. Try and find a sunny place where you can grow this vegetable. It is a standby all-year-round.
Make pumpkin fritters the way grandmother used to do and serve them piping hot. These South African made fritters can be eaten as a desert or with your main meal as an enhancement.

The famous South African boer pumpkins are kept on the roof of the farm house. You can imagine how handy these pumpkins are when you need something for a Sunday afternoon meal.

Pumpkins are founded all over South African e.g.  Western Cape, Karoo, North Western Province, Orange Free State, and the old Transvaal, today it’s called Gauteng. Pumpkins are especially found in dry areas and are therefore reasonably cheap. Most house wife’s have their own recipe since pumpkins can be cooked in many ways. Here is such a traditional South African fritter recipe.

Recipe for Pumpkin Fritters

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients to make South African pumpkin fritters

  • 450 g peeled pumpkin
  • A pinch of salt and sugar
  • 60g flour
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • Milk (optional)
  • 45 ml (3 tablespoons) sunflower oil
  • 45 ml (3 tablespoons) butter
  • Lemon wedges for garnish

For the cinnamon sugar

  • 100g sugar
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) cinnamon

Steam the pumpkin over boiling water in a vegetable steamer with little salt and sugar until it is just done.
Mix the pumpkin, flour, baking powder and eggs to form a batter of dropping consistency.
Add a little milk if it’s too stiff
Fry spoonful’s in the mixed, heated oil and butter in a big heavy-based oil frying pan.
Drain the fritters on brown paper.
Sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar and serve hot with wedges of lemon on the side.

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