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About this Recipe

Chakalaka sauce is a traditional South African recipe that can be eaten as a chutney/relish or by adding beans (butter, kidney, baked beans etc) can be served as a healthy spicy vegetable side. A true heritage dish that was born in the townships of South Africa with ingredients that needed no refrigeration, a braai isn’t a braai without chakalaka. As a South African living in the UK, chakalaka takes me home to the smells and heat of Durban. 


3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 roughly chopped onions
2 roughly chopped bell peppers
1/2 minced scotch bonnet
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
1 teaspoon brown sugar
4 roughly chopped tomatoes
1 tin baked beans in tomato sauce
Salt and pepper

Recipe Instructions

This is the simplest of recipes but with a true South African heart. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onions and peppers and cook till soft.

Then add the chillies, garlic, thyme, curry powder and paprika. Reduce the heat and gently cook over the charcoal for another 5 minutes.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes and continue cooking until soft.

Add the beans and continue cooking till hot all the way through.

You are looking for a stew consistency but still with a crunch. Baked beans can be replaced with butter beans and if you want the full South African experience, eat it with mealie pap. 

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