Braai and pap

A foreigner once asked: What is a braai? The answer is:  It is the first thing you will be invited to when you visit South Africa. A braai is a backyard barbecue and it will take place whatever the weather. So you will have to go even if it’s raining like mad. At a braai you will be introduced to a substance known as mieliepap.

Here is a step by step guide to make Putu Pap also known as Krummelpap.

4 generous portions


• 2½ cups (600 ml) boiling water
• 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
• 2½ cups (400 gram) Maize Meal
• A knob of butter


1. Pour boiling water and salt into a pot with a thick base and a lid. Bring to boil.
2. Add the maize meal to the boiling water.
3. Close the lid, without stirring.
4. Reduce heat. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
5. Remove lid and stir well with a wooden spoon or a large kitchen fork.
6. Replace lid, reduce heat and steam for about half an hour, but be careful not to burn it.
7. Fluff with a fork or wooden spoon a few times during cooking.
8. Enjoy with homemade tomato sauce as side dish.



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