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Chakalaka (South African Vegetable Stir-Fry)

This is a staple food in South Africa as well as other parts. My amaXhosa friend, Ntombizanele Sokupa, gave this recipe to me. She eats this with Pap -Pap (Potatoes and Cornmeal), but says it can also be enjoyed as a side dish with meat or vegemeat or with bread. Thanks Zanele!


  • 3 medium onions, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 medium green bell peppers, diced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • curry powder, to your taste
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • green chilies (optional)
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-2 tablespoon oil, for frying
  • 1/4 cup water

Fry the onion and pepper together with oil in a large skillet until the onion is clear.

Add the grated carrots, tomatoes, water, and all the seasonings to your liking and cook for about 15-20 minutes.