Chakalaka is a South African vegetable relish that is usually spicy. A braai just feels incomplete without two of our nation’s most beloved sides, chakalaka and pap. Although this is great with barbecues, we like to pair it with any protein – it has become one of our favorites when trying to fill up with vegetables. What is really appealing about this dish is that it is very adaptable because you can add more vegetables and/or spices to make it suitable to your taste bud or palate. These are the basic ingredients: Onions, green pepper, cabbage, chilies, carrots and curry powder. Use spices that you have on hand. Most recipes call for beans- you can use baked beans or boiled beans.
And it’s so easy to make, that there’s no reason to exclude it from a family gathering. Bonus points if you make them on Heritage Day!
Here’s how to make chakalaka.
How to make Pap: