How To Cook Mealie Rice

How To Cook Mealie Rice

Welcome to my blog about cooking, where today we will be sharing a step-by-step guide on how to cook a traditional South African dish, mealie rice. Also known as maize or corn rice, mealie rice is a hearty and filling side dish that can be enjoyed with a variety of meals.

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  1. Ingredients
  2. Instructions
    1. Step 1: Rinse the rice
    2. Step 2: Add water and salt
    3. Step 3: Bring to a boil
    4. Step 4: Reduce heat and simmer
    5. Step 5: Fluff and serve
  3. Tips and Tricks


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 cup of mealie rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine (optional)


Follow these steps to cook the perfect pot of mealie rice:

Step 1: Rinse the rice

Before cooking, rinse the rice in cold water. This removes any excess starch and impurities from the rice grains.

Step 2: Add water and salt

Place the rinsed rice in a pot and add 2 cups of water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water and stir to combine.

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Step 3: Bring to a boil

Place the pot over high heat and bring it to a boil while stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Reduce heat and simmer

Once the water has started boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the rice simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is cooked through.

Step 5: Fluff and serve

Once the rice is cooked, remove it from the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes. Then, using a fork, fluff the rice to separate the grains. Add butter or margarine if desired and serve.

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Tips and Tricks

  • Adjust water quantity: Depending on the brand and type of mealie rice you use, you may need to adjust the amount of water you use for cooking. Some types of rice may require more or less than 2 cups of water.
  • Season to taste: Feel free to add more or less salt as per your taste. You can also add other seasonings and spices at the end to enhance the flavor of the rice.
  • Use chicken stock: For a richer flavor, you can use chicken stock instead of water to cook the mealie rice. This gives the rice a delicious savory flavor.
  • Double the recipe: Mealie rice can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a larger crowd. Just adjust the water accordingly.

With these simple steps, you can cook a perfect pot of mealie rice every time. Serve it with grilled chicken, beef, or fish for a hearty and satisfying meal.

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