• 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.

    Imka Webb

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