Apr 112022


Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South African
Keyword: baked
Servings: 8
This is a combination of recipes passed down from my mom and old landlady in South Africa.
There is flexibility to change the recipe – check notes
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  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil can substitute Sunflower
  • 500 g Bacon Diced
  • 3 large Tomatoes Peeled and chopped
  • 1 large Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 500g Mushrooms Sliced
  • 1 greenpepper Chopped
  • 2 tsp Curry spice
  • 1 tsp Chilli optional*
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper To taste
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 4 cups cheese of your choice Grated
  • 20 g Fresh Basil Chopped
  • Pap not too stiff
  • 1 tin sweetcorn *



  • Cook pap to packet instruction or use my pap recipe. Less stiff – you want it malleable
  • Mix in the tin of sweetcorn into your pap

Stirfry – Chakalaka style sauce

  • Sauté the onions and bacon till the onion is translucent
  • Add a teaspoon of butter and then add the mushrooms and greenpeppers, fry.
  • Add the tomatoes, curry, chilli, garlic, salt, pepper and sugar. Cook down till the flavours are nicely married and everything is about halfway cooked.


  • Cover a large oven dish with a non-stick spray
  • Spoon half the porridge in the dish – even out the surface with a big spoon
  • Spoon half the filling over the porridge – even it out again
  • Sprinkle half the fresh chopped basil over, then half the grated cheese
  • Spoon the rest of the porridge over the filling (be careful not to mess up the filling – if the porridge is too thick to comfortably spoon over, mix a little water in the pot and stir until it’s fully incorporated.)


  • Once again, spoon over the rest of the filling, and finish with the basil and cheese. You could grind a little black pepper over if you want.
  • Bake at 180°C till the cheese is melted and golden brown


Chilli – if you don’t like spicy
The sweetcorn can be replaced by kernels – the sweetcorn helps to  make pap less stiff if you buggered up the liquid ratio. 

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