Mielie Pap

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In South Africa, street food is very much a regional thing. For instance, in Natal the traditional street food is bunny chow. This is curry served in half a loaf of white bread that has been hollowed out. In the Western Cape, samosas are sold on street corners. But, no matter where you go in South Africa you will always find a wors roll being sold.  A boerrie roll as they are called, can be found at sports games, for sale outside supermarkets and most often at a braai. Boerewors translates literally to farmers sausage, and comes in a variety of flavours and thicknesses. I prefer mine heavy on coriander and thin. In my mind, nothing says welcome to Newlands more than the smell of wors rolls cooking on a skottel (BBQ) waiting for the numerous patrons to partake of one before entering the stadium to watch the rugby. I wanted to get a photograph of this for the blog, but sadly last week when we went to the game, it was raining, and the street vendors were nowhere to be found. Another South African staple is pap. This is maize meal which has been slowly cooked and comes either smooth, as I have it here or crumbly, which is known as krimmel pap. Pap is porridge but this is not a breakfast food in my opinion. When I think of pap I remember suppers shared with my maid when my parents had gone out for the night. I cannot have wors or pap without a tomato and onion relish. This to me is the street food of my country – it is what symbolizes South Africa.

What is the street food from where you live?

Mielie Pap And Wors With A Tomato And Onion Relish
Mielie Pap And Wors With A Tomato And Onion Relish
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Mielie Pap

Recipe Category: Side Dish
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 125 mls maize meal
  • 375 mls water, divided
  • 1 pinch salt


  • In a sauce pan mix the maize meal with 125mls water and the salt until smooth
  • Add the rest of the water and bring to the boil
  • Reduce the heat to the lowest setting on your stove, cover and simmer for 1 hour
  • Remove the lid and mix


Some of the maize meal will have stuck to the bottom of the pot, but this is the best recipe I have for making mielie pap

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40 thoughts on “Mielie Pap

  1. I remember having this served to me by friends who lived just outside Kruger Park. Reading this post took me straight back to that very fond memory, cooked outside on the braai with plenty of sundowners!

  2. I’ve been converted to the delights of Boerworst here in Dubai as we can get them in our local supermarket (due to the demand of a lot of South African expats). I’ll call them wors from now on!

  3. I learned something new! I must make it to see what it tastes like.
    We don’t have a lot of street food. We have hamburgers, hot dogs & kebabs.

  4. I love street food, and when it’ sgood it’s the best! I think street food is my favourite way of exploring a new country. A great post Tandy!

  5. Love finding new foods and pap is one I haven’t tried before. Looks wonderful and simple enough to make!

  6. While the consistency is good, the recipe only produced a very tiny amount of cooked pap. It was barely enough for one person.

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