• The long month of August finally came to an end, signaling the arrival of spring! As the rest of the world celebrates September as the first month of spring, South Africa also celebrates its heritage. During the annual Heritage Month, aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible are recognised and celebrated. This includes creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the popular memory, according to the South African Government’s website

    Spicy Chakalaka

    To kick off Food&Home’s Heritage Celebrations, we are sharing this recipe for Spicy Chakalaka, a typical South African dish made with baked beans, peppers, onion, and tomato. Chakalaka is best enjoyed as a relish and goes with just about anything. From pap, samp, stews, and bread to meat and “boerewors rolls”.

    HANDS-ON TIME 20 minutes | TOTAL TIME 45 minutes | SERVES 6

    Spicy Chakalaka

    Lunch, Dinner South African
    By Jezza-Rae Larsen Serves: 6
    Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes


    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 tsp of crushed garlic
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
    • 1 red pepper, chopped
    • 2 green chilies, finely chopped ( optional)
    • 2-3 carrots, grated
    • 1 1/2  tbsp curry powder
    • 2 tbsp sugar
    • 400g of baked beans
    • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
    • Salt and pepper to taste



    HEAT oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Cook the onion until soft and translucent.


    ADD the garlic, peppers and chili and cook for 5 minutes.


    ADD in grated carrots and cook for 3 minutes. Add curry powder and cook for 2 more minutes.


    ADD the sugar, reduce the heat  and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are soft but still holding their shape. Add in canned baked beans and cook for another 5-7 minutes.


    SEASON to taste then serve.

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