Pesto Rosterkoek with Sautéed Onion, Peppers and Russian

Monica's (Street Vendor) Rosterkoek
Monica’s (Street Vendor) Rosterkoek

Rosterkoek / Irostile is one of the first things I learnt to cook.  I didn’t make the dough, my job was just to turn the broodjies around…..

Few months ago, I saw a lady selling them on the street in Milnerton, actually she was busy braaing them.  I was so curious having never seen any street vendor selling rosterkoek.  You get them selling vetkoek (amagwinya) everywhere from taxi ranks, train stations etc. I started chatting with the lady,  her name is Monica and apparently she just started selling rosterkoek and at that particular period she was testing the market and trying to see whether it’s something her customers wanted or not.  According to her, some people don’t even know what rosterkoek is.  She mentioned that she gets the question “what is this you are selling?” quite a lot but as soon as they try them they become repeat customers.  I encouraged her to continue, it’s good to see something different.  Let them all sell amagwinya, you do irostile!

I prepared dough for Pesto Rosterkoek and went and asked Monica to let me use her coals.  The plan was also to get her customers to taste them and get feedback.  They saw me adding pesto to the dough and began asking “yintoni ke ngoku le uyigalelayo/ what are you adding”.  Just wait and see was my answer.  Everyone was so earger to taste, they did and the feedback was amazing!  They all loved the pesto variation.

One could serve this recipe at a braai, with the Russian and sautéed onion and peppers.

This is my third monthly savoury recipe for Sasko flour, I had an amazing time working with their products for the past three months.  I wanted to do more but I was limited to only two recipes per month.  However, since I stocked up on Sasko products I also used their flour to make these Morogo and Feta dumplings and also these Bran Dumplings.  Check out the Guava Eystervarkies on the last post.  Once again, all the Sasko Flour recipes posted on this blog will also be featured on the Sasko Flour facebook page.  For more about Sasko Flour and their interesting range of products and recipes visit their website:

Pesto Rosterkoek with Sautéed Onion, Pepper and Russian
Pesto Rosterkoek with Sautéed Onion, Pepper and Russian

Pesto Rosterkoek with Sautéed Onion, Pepper and Russian Stuffing

Makes 15-20

4 cups Sasko Cake Flour

450ml warm water

10ml (2tsp) instant dry yeast

10ml (2tsp) salt

15ml (1Tbsp) sugar

30ml (2Tbsp) basil pesto

25ml olive oil

1 onion, cut into strips

1 green pepper, cut into strips

1 red pepper, cut into strips

Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Sift the dry ingredients and mix them into bowl.
  2. Knead until the dough is combined and does not stick to the hands.
  3. Brush the dough with melted butter or margarine and cover.
  4. Leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  5. Add basil pesto, knead down and shape into long rolls.
  6. Flatten the roll slightly and sprinkle with a little flour. Cut into pieces.
  7. Cook both sides over coals on a rack until done.
  8. In a saucepan, heat oil and sauté onion and peppers.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  10. In the same pan, fry the Russians.
  11. Cut a slit on the side of the rosterkoeks and stuff with onion, peppers and Russians.

About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 3 )

  • Lovely idea, Thuli!! I am sure it was delicious!

    • Thanks Zirkie! Yes it was delicious! 🙂

  • I’m definitely going to try these – I love pesto but my kids don’t, so hardly ever use it – but I think they might like it in bread form.
    I use Sasko flour all the time for bread and cakes – it’s the best value where I shop and it’s local!

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