Umphokoqo – crumbly mealie pap with amasi

July 14, 2017

Recipe supplied by Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandlesizwe Dalibhunga Mandela

Styling by Anna Trapido

Photograph by Curtis Gallon

Umphokoqo - crumbly mealie pap with amasi

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 45 mins


  • 450ml boiling water
  • salt, to taste
  • 5ml (1 tsp) butter (optional)
  • 625ml (2½ cups) mealie meal
  • amasi, to serve



Boil the water and salt in a large pot. Add the butter to the water and allow it to melt.


Add the mealie meal. Remove from heat and stir with a fork until incorporated into a perfect, crumbly texture. Return to a low heat and cover with a lid.


Steam the maize meal, covered and over low heat, until the maize meal is cooked through, about 45 minutes. Fork through the mixture every 5 minutes to avoid big lumps from forming; rather, create small, crumbly pieces slightly bigger than couscous.


Serve with a generous dollop amasi.

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