How To Make Braai Pap
South Africa is known for its love of the braai, or barbecue. One of the essential accompaniments to any great braai is pap, a dish made from finely ground maize meal. Braai pap is enjoyed throughout the country, and there are many ways to cook and serve it. Here is a beginner's guide on how to make braai pap.
- 2 cups of finely ground maize meal
- 4 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of butter (optional)
Step 1: Boil the Water
In a pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Make sure the water has come to a rolling boil before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Add the Maize Meal
Slowly add 2 cups of maize meal to the boiling water, ensuring that it is well mixed in. Use a wooden spoon or a spatula to stir continuously while adding the maize meal to prevent lumps from forming.
Step 3: Cook the Pap
Reduce the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Allow the pap to cook slowly for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add more water if necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
Step 4: Season with Salt
After 30 minutes, add one teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of butter (if desired) to the pap. Stir well to ensure that the salt and butter are well distributed throughout the pap.
Step 5: Serve the Pap
Transfer the pap to a serving dish and serve hot with your favourite braai accompaniments like meat, gravy, and vegetables.
- For a creamier pap, replace the water with milk or a combination of milk and water.
- To give the pap a little extra flavour, add grated cheese or herbs like thyme or parsley.
- Leftovers can be shaped into patties or slices and fried for breakfast the next day, a traditional South African breakfast is pap with boerewors and an egg.
Braai pap is a simple but delicious dish that is a must-have at any South African braai. With this recipe, you can make your own pap to impress your friends and family at your next braai. Enjoy!