|Taking time out to make a meal from scratch can be quite a daunting task during a hectic work week, but this does not stop my taste-buds from craving something fresh. So this week we will be eating a Lesotho favourite made with carrots, tomatoes and bell peppers. Chakalaka is a simple vegetarian dish that can be eaten alone and leaves you wanting extra helpings. However, it can also be served with a choice of assorted braai (barbeque) meat – such as boerewors, steak, chicken, lamb shank etc, usually served with rice, pap or polenta for a complete meal.
Lesotho is a country in the southern region of Africa almost entirely bordered by South Africa. The Basotho diet is mainly made up of meals influenced by the British and South African cuisines so you are sure to get a helping of dessert along with your main meal.
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Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 hot red chillies, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
Fry the carrots in a pan for a few minutes then add the onion, chillies and bell pepper. Fry for five minutes more then add the tomatoes.
Cook until the tomatoes break down and form a mush. Season and set aside.
300 g maize meal or polenta
300 ml water
Bring the water to boil and add the polenta until a stiff mixture is attained.
Leave to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring every five minutes to prevent burning.
Plate pap and serve with Chakalaka
Other Chakalaka Variations:
(1) Chakalaka (Beans Recipe)
Or with rice
Credits: Chakalaka beans recipe & variations courtesy: whats4eats