Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

Traditional South African chakalaka recipe

Have you ever tried chakalaka? If not, you have definitely been missing out.

traditional south african chakalaka recipe - Traditional South African chakalaka recipe

Lockdown has been tough – going to the shops for whatever they have got left, trying to figure out what to make for dinner and most of all to stay nourished and sane. It is a tall order but what we make of this time is what matters most. We all have our coping mechanisms and cooking is my version of therapy.

Chakalaka is a traditional South African vegetable relish. Its is vegan, gluten-free and delicious, hot or cold. It can be served with bread, stews or with a braai.  

Chakalaka Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Recipe by Irene MullerCourse: SidesCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy

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  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 2 teaspoon curry mix

  • 2 chillies chopped

  • 2 peppadews chopped

  • 3 cups chopped cabbage

  • 3 cups grated carrots

  • 1 green pepper chopped optional

  • 1 tin chopped tomato

  • 2 Canderel sticks 


  • 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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