Served hot or cold, with breakfast or dinner, this flavourful and fiery dish is a traditional favourite amongst South Africans. Easy to make and easy to eat, this chakalaka recipe is one to remember.
What is Chakalaka?
Chakalaka is a traditional South African, saucy stew made from spiced vegetables like sweet peppers, carrots and cabbage. It has an aromatic flavour and brings a bit of warmth to the pallet and tummy even when served cold. Chakalaka gets its fiery zest from a combination of paprika, garlic, ginger, fresh chillies and very importantly curry powder. You can serve it hot or cold and with almost any meal. If you want to see how to jazz up your eggs and bacon breakfast try our Simple All Protein Breakfast with Chakalaka.
Once you make your first chakalaka you will realise just how simple and easy it is to make. The ingredients are all affordable and readily available in most parts of the world. The recipe itself is straightforward and only takes 30 minutes, most of which you are just doing prep. Trust me, it’s easier than frying an egg!
Once you see the ingredients it is easy to believe that traditional chakalaka is full of health benefits. From the tomatoes that help prevent prostate cancer, to the carrots and peppers that promote eye health as well as a strong immune system. This chakalaka recipe is also vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. And that is just the tip of the iceberg, the different spices used each have their own contributing health perks. The curry powder alone offers the body a surplus of anti-inflammatory compounds, boosts heart health and improves blood sugar levels
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp Turmeric ground
- 2 tsp Garlic crushed
- 1 tsp Ginger crushed
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Onion chopped
- 2 tsp Curry mix
- 2 Chillies chopped
- 2 Pepperdews chopped
- 3 cups Cabbage chopped
- 3 cups Carrots grated
- 1 Green Pepper chopped
- 1 tin Tomato chopped
- 2 sticks Canderel
- 1 Green Pepper
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1 Tin Koo Beans
- In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onion, give it a minute or two.
- Stir in all the spices; turmeric, garlic, ginger, smoked paprika and curry mix, continue stirring for about a minute or two to let the flavour intensify. Then add tomatoes, peppadews, carrots and cabbage.
- Simmer for about five minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burns.
- Adjust for seasoning, add Canderel. Serve warm or cold.
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