South African Recipes

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A traditional and delicious South African version of meatloaf. Serve with boiled rice and chutney.

South African Malvapoeding (Marshmallow Pudding)

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This rich, South African pudding contains no marshmallows, but probably got its name from its spongy texture! Delicious served hot or cold with cream.

South African Melktert (Milk Tart)

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My 'ouma' South African grandmother's legendary milk tart. It is lip-smacking. The recipe is a real winner. It is a traditional South African tart that is very easy to prepare.

Gisela's Butternut Squash Soup

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This is a recipe given to me by my mother before she passed away. As with anything involving butternut it's a little time intensive but it's well worth it! So creamy and delicious! Garnish with croutons and/or parsley, and serve with garlic bread.

Best Bobotie

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This South African original is similar to meatloaf, but so much better. A slightly sweet curry flavors ground beef with a milk and egg custard on top. It's delicious!

Milk Tart

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This custard pie with a sweet pastry crust is a South African favorite, especially at tea time. I got this wonderful recipe from a friend.

Zimbabwean Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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This hearty and delicious soup combines a wonderful variety of vegetables with peanut butter and a few red pepper flakes for unexpected flavors and just the right amount of kick.

Beef Curry Soup

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This enticing soup originated in South Africa with the curry spice influence of the North.

South African Traditional Vetkoek (Fried Bread)

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These tasty vetkoek (fat cakes) make for a lovely dinner or snack. You can make these vetkoek any size you prefer. They're a great party snack if they are made small and filled with various processed meats, tuna and mayo, syrup, curried minced meat, cheese, or basically anything you feel like. They're fast, easy, and very tasty.

Tomato Bredie

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This is a traditional South African meal, and is good winter fare. Bredie is an old Cape name for a dish of meat and vegetables stewed together so that the flavors intermingle. The gravy is rich, thick and full-bodied, and is obtained by using meat with a fair amount of bone and fat, rolling it in flour and browning it before the vegetables are added. The flavor improves if left a day or two before eating. Nice with brown rice.

Cape Malay Pickled Fish

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This recipe is a traditional Easter time classic in Cape Town, South Africa. It is served mainly with hot cross buns or freshly baked bread.

South African Brown Pudding

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A South African favorite! We call it 'Bruinpoeding' (Brown Pudding) in South Africa.

Inspiration and Ideas

South African Yellow Rice

"I was so surprised with how awesome this rice dish is!! It's like a savory rice pudding...the perfect side to any chicken dish, but also GREAT alone." – Diana71

Tomato Bredie

You’ll be transported to South Africa with your first bite of this authentic 5-star stew!