So last week my friends and I made chakalaka! This was a dish I was originally introduced to in Swaziland, and so it’s definitely got some lovely memories associated with it: trying it for the first time with pap after walking around the local neighbourhood and markets on our first day, gorging it for lunch after already been up since 4 am for walking around the bush and bird watching, and sitting around the camp fire at night eating it with barbecued meats watching the stars. It was about time then that I made it again!


Ingredients (for 4 people):

  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups of pap (to 4 cups of water)
  • beef sausages per portion, bakes for 20 min
  • tin of baked beans
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • Spices: 2 ts curry powder, 2 tsp paprika, salt and pepper

Easy peasy to make, just heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium flame. Add the onions, bell peppers, chilli peppers, garlic and curry powder and stir frequently, until the onions and peppers are cooked down and wilted, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and and then bring the whole pot to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer until it looks like a stew. Stir in the baked beans, salt and pepper and stir to heat through. Serve hot or cold with pap and grilled sausages. So goood!


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