Curried dough balls are ideal for when the carb-craving hits. Made with the famous 2-ingredient dough, baked in the oven and filled with spicy curry, they have all the taste and texture of South African Vetkoek, but none of the deep-fried side effects (like a guilt-trip). Perhaps I should have called these Instant Healthy Vetkoek!
I got the inspiration for these curried dough balls from this recipe. chilli stuffed dough balls by DontGoBaconMyHeart. I was experimenting with the 2-ingredient dough and I wondered how it would turn out if I made a similar recipe, using curried mince. To my absolute amazement, they turned out looking and tasting just like mini vetkoek, but with sooooooo much less effort.
I was going to update the vetkoek recipe to add these instructions, but then I thought as they are so tasty, they deserve a recipe page of their own.
What is 2-ingredient dough
For those of you who don’t know, the 2-ingredient dough is a miracle-mixture of just 2 ingredients. You just mix equal quantities of plain flour and Greek yoghurt together. You might need a little extra flour if it is too sticky. The ingredients are mixed together until the dough forms a soft pliable ball. You can use it for a pizza base, which I think, was the original intention, but there is so much more you can do with it. I made these Ham and Cheese Pinwheels which turned out so well.
There is no yeast in this dough, so you don’t have to wait for it to rise – bonus – instant dough – literally in a couple of minutes.
This dough can be quite sticky, so make sure you have plenty of flour on hand for dusting your work surface and putting onto your hands.
How do you make curried dough balls?
To make curried dough balls you simply make up a batch of 2-ingredient dough as per the recipe. One cup of flour will be sufficient for 16 smallish dough balls. If you want more just double the recipe.
Dust your work surface with a little flour, roll the dough out to approximately 1/4 inch thickness and cut circles. You can use a proper cutter, or do what I do and use a large cup.
How to fill the curried dough balls
Take each circle and stretch it over your hand. You will probably have to flour your hands well because this dough can be quite sticky. Place a spoonful of curried mince in the centre and bring the edges together around the dough to form a ball. Make sure to seal it well so that the filling doesn’t escape during baking.
Alternatively, you could just leave the circles flat on the work surface, place a spoonful of mince in the centre and bring the outside edges together on top. It depends on which method you feel more comfortable with. I find it is easier to lift the circles off the work surface first, because they are inclined to stick a little.
How to bake them
Place each dough ball in a greased baking pan, with the join at the bottom. I used a small loaf tin and could only fit eight at a time in – but you can use a larger one. You can also put them individually on a greased baking sheet. You don’t have to clump them all together.
Brush the top with a mixture of melted butter and garlic.
If you look closely at the picture you will see that I accidentally made a hold in the 2 bottom-right dough balls so I just patched them up with a little extra dough.
Now you bake them for approximately 20 minutes at 200C/400F until they turn golden and smell amazing.
This is what they will look like when they are cooked.
For the filling I used my mince recipe from Vetkoek and Curried Mince, so I’m not going to repeat it here.
Did I mention how delicious they are? The pastry is crunchy on the outside, with a slightly chewy texture – just like a vetkoek.
If you make them quite small, like these, they made a great appetiser or party snack. If you want a more substantial main meal, then just make them larger.
You don’t have to use curried mince either. I think they would be just as tasty made with leftover chilli and stuffed with cheese as per the original recipe from DontGoBaconMyHeart – just use the 2 ingredient dough instead.
Curried Dough Balls
For the dough
- 2 cups (500 gram) Plain Flour plus extra for rolling
- 2 cups 500 ml Greek Yoghurt
- Salt if you think it needs it
For the filling
- 1 quantity Mince from curried mince recipe – See note 1 for link
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 cloves Crushed Garlic
- Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F
- Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
- If the mixture is too wet to form into a ball, add a little extra flour
- Sprinkle work surface with a little extra flour and place the dough on the work surface
- Roll out approximately ¼ inch thick
- Cut into large circles using a cutter or a large cup
- Pick up one of the dough circles and place a spoonful of filling on to it
- Gather the edges together and seal, being careful not to leave any gaps.
- Place dough balls into a baking tin
- Mix melted butter and garlic together and brush over dough balls
- Place tin in oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden. See Note 2
- You can use the curried mince from this recipe to stuff the doughballs – Vetkoek and Curried Mince
- Baking times for different ovens may vary – keep your eye on them – they will be done when they are golden brown on top.