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Pap (Potatoes and Cornmeal)

This is a staple food in South Africa as well as other parts. My amaXhosa friend, Ntombizanele Sokupa, gave this recipe to me. Serve this with Chakolaka (Chakalaka (South African Vegetable Stir-Fry)). I think the Pap would taste too plain without the Chakolka or something similar. The flavors from the Chakolaka tastes good with the Pap. Thanks Zanele!


  • 2-3 cups cornmeal (I use 2 cups only but you may use more if you have really large potatoes)
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Peel potatoes and dice. Put potatoes, water, salt, and oil in a pot and cook at a medium heat with the lid on until the potatoes are soft enough to mash.

Mash the potatoes in the pot. Stir in the cornmeal and cook the pap for about 15 minutes until done. It's good to use a wooden spoon to mix the pap every 5 minutes (Don't scrap the part that sticks to the pan- just leave it there and eat the soft part only).

Serve hot and enjoy the Pap with Chakalaka