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Lesotho Chakalaka and Pap-Pap (Vegetable stew with corn meal)

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Lesotho
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author International Cuisine


  • For the pap-pap
  • 300 grams corn meal or polenta
  • 300 ml of water
  • For the chakalaka
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 hot red chilies finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 to matoes finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • For the pap-pap
  • Bring the water to boil and add the corn meal or polenta.
  • Stir constantly until a stiff mixture develops
  • Leave to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning.
  • Serve with chakalaka or any other stew or sauce
  • For the chakalaka:
  • Heat the oil and fry the carrots for a few minutes then add in the onions, chilies and bell pepper.
  • Fry for about 5 minutes more and then add in the tomatoes
  • Cook until the tomatoes break down and form a stew.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve with pap-pap.