Vegetarian

Savoury chakalaka
‘paptert’

30mins
8Servings

‘PAPTERT’ IS A PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN DISH THAT’S
AS VERSATILE AS IT’S DELICIOUS, ESPECIALLY WHEN
ENJOYED WITH CHAKALAKA. FOR A MEATY TASTE,
ADD SLICES OF GRILLED BOEREWORS.

ingredients

  • 1.5 litres (6 cups) water
  • 375 ml (1½ cups) mealie meal
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) Spur Seasoning Salt
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsp) cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) medium curry powder
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 150 g cabbage, finely shredded (optional)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 410 g can baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) Spur Durky Sauce
  • Spur Seasoning Salt, to taste
  • Spur Meat Spice, to taste
  • 125 ml (½ cup) Spur Cheese Sauce
  • 80 g (¾ cup) grated cheddar cheese (optional)

Method

  1. Bring water to the boil in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Add mealie meal and Spur Seasoning Salt and whisk frequently, for about 8 minutes until cooked.
  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan and sauté onion, garlic and curry powder for about 2 minutes. Add carrots and cabbage and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, baked beans, Spur Durky Sauce, Spur Seasoning Salt and Spur Meat Spice and simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Spoon 'pap' into a large, greased ovenproof dish. Cover with chakalaka mixture and drizzle Spur Cheese Sauce over. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes.
  VARIATIONS
  1. Substitute cabbage with green pepper (chopped), cauliflower or broccoli (florets)
  2. Add 2 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  3. Add 45 ml (3 Tbsp) tomato paste
  COOKING TIP
  1. The original chakalaka was a simple dish of onions, tomatoes and a little curry powder. These days, every South African has his or her own favourite recipe, and many are quite elaborate. Baked beans are not necessary, but are very common. Make a full meal of it by pairing chakalaka with cooked 'pap'. Other possible additions include chopped root ginger (added in with the onions).
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