How To Make Slap Pap

How To Make Slap Pap

Have you ever heard of "Slap Pap"? If not, let me introduce you to this delicious South African dish! Slap Pap is a staple food in many households in South Africa and is made from maize meal (similar to polenta). It's quick and easy to make, and you can serve it with almost anything – from meaty stews to vegetarian curries.

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  1. Ingredients
  2. Instructions
    1. Step 1: Bring water to a boil
    2. Step 2: Add maize meal
    3. Step 3: Stir and cook
    4. Step 4: Season with salt
    5. Step 5: Serve
  3. Tips and variations


To make Slap Pap, you'll need:

  • 2 cups of maize meal
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp of salt (optional)


Follow these simple steps to make Slap Pap:

Step 1: Bring water to a boil

Pour 4 cups of water into a large pot and bring it to a boil on high heat over a stove or hob.

Step 2: Add maize meal

While the water is boiling, slowly pour in 2 cups of maize meal, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula until the mixture starts to thicken.

Step 3: Stir and cook

Reduce the heat to low and continue to stir the mixture until it's thick and cooked. This can take up to 20 minutes.

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Step 4: Season with salt

If desired, add 1 tsp of salt (or more, to taste) to the mixture and stir it in thoroughly.

Step 5: Serve

Transfer the Slap Pap to a serving dish or bowl and serve hot with your favourite dish.

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Tips and variations

Slap Pap is a simple dish, but there are a few things to keep in mind when making it:

  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, use less water.
  • If you prefer a smoother texture, use fine maize meal instead of course maize meal.

You can also add some flavour to your Slap Pap by:

  • Mixing in some grated cheese while the mixture is still hot.
  • Serving it with a spicy chakalaka sauce.
  • Adding some sugar or butter for a sweeter taste.

So, there you have it – a quick and easy recipe for making Slap Pap. Try it out and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills!

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