How To Make Uphuthu

How To Make Uphuthu

Uphuthu is a traditional South African dish made of cornmeal or maize. It is also commonly known as pap or mieliepap. Uphuthu can be served as a side dish or as a main meal accompanied with different kinds of stews, gravies, and salads.

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  1. Ingredients:
  2. Instructions:
    1. Step 1: Boil Water
    2. Step 2: Add Maize Meal
    3. Step 3: Stir and Mix
    4. Step 4: Add Salt
    5. Step 5: Simmer
    6. Step 6: Fluff the Pap
    7. Step 7: Serve
  3. Benefits of Uphuthu:


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


Step 1: Boil Water

In a medium-sized pot, bring the 4 cups of water to boil under high heat.

Step 2: Add Maize Meal

Once the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and add two cups of maize meal to the pot.

Step 3: Stir and Mix

Stir the maize meal into the water, making sure to mix it well to avoid lumps formation. Continue stirring for about 5 - 10 minutes.

Step 4: Add Salt

Add a pinch of salt into the pot and mix again. The salt will enhance the flavor of the pap, but if you're on a low sodium diet, you may skip this step.

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Step 5: Simmer

Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Allow the pap to simmer or cook for about 20 - 25 minutes. Stir the pap every 5 minutes to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Step 6: Fluff the Pap

After about 25 minutes of cooking and simmering, remove the pot from the heat and fluff up the pap with a fork to get rid of any remaining lumps.

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Step 7: Serve

Uphuthu is now ready to serve, and you can serve it with any meat, vegetable or salad of your choice.

Uphuthu can also be served hot or cold. To serve it cold, allow it to cool and set in a tray, and then cut it into slices.

Benefits of Uphuthu:

  • Maize is rich in vitamins B1, B5, and C, and it's a good source of fiber.
  • Uphuthu is gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for people with gluten intolerance.
  • It's a low-fat food that can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Uphuthu is a low glycemic index food that slows down the absorption of sugar in the body, making it suitable for people with diabetes.

Enjoy your tasty and nutritious Uphuthu today!

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