How To Cook Phuthu

How To Cook Phuthu

Welcome to my blog post on how to cook Phuthu.

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  1. What is Phuthu?
  2. Ingredients
  3. Instructions
    1. Tips for cooking Phuthu
    2. Serving Suggestions
  4. Conclusion

What is Phuthu?

Phuthu is a South African staple food that is made from maize meal. It is a delicious and easy-to-prepare dish that can be served with meat, vegetables, or even on its own. The word "Phuthu" actually means "crumbly" in Zulu, which is a good description of the texture of this dish.

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  • 2 cups of maize meal
  • 4 cups of water
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Boil the water in a pot.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
  3. Gradually add in the maize meal, stirring continuously.
  4. Reduce the heat and cover the pot with a lid.
  5. Leave the pot to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Stir the mixture occasionally to prevent burning.
  7. Once the mixture has a thick and crumbly texture, it is ready to be served.

Tips for cooking Phuthu

  • Use a heavy-bottomed pot to cook the Phuthu. This will prevent burning and sticking.
  • Stir the mixture continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
  • Add more water if the mixture is too dry or lumpy.
  • Adjust the amount of maize meal and water depending on the desired consistency of the Phuthu.

Serving Suggestions

Phuthu can be served with a variety of dishes such as:

  • Meat dishes such as stew or grilled meat
  • Vegetable dishes such as chakalaka or relish
  • Soups and stews such as bean soup or tomato soup


Phuthu is a simple and delicious dish that is a staple in many South African households. By following these easy steps, you can make your own Phuthu and enjoy it with a variety of dishes.

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