How to prepare different variations of Chakalaka dish

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Chakalaka is a South African spicy vegetable delicacy which is usually served along with stews, bread, pap, curries or samp. The dish has its roots from Johannesburg Township and was first prepared by Mozambique mine workers. Since then, Chakalaka has gained popularity, although there are no specific rules for preparing the dish.

Different variations of Chakalaka will vary depending on family traditions and religion. And if you are fun of the relish or probably looking for a family treat, you may want to know how to prepare different Chakalaka variations. If this is what you are looking for, then don’t go anywhere. Stay right here as we are going to show you how to enjoy your Chakalaka in style. Below are some of the variations you can prepare.

Simple Chakalaka

Serve: 4

Preparation: Easy

What you need

  • 425g of baked beans
  • 4 tbsp. olive or coconut oil
  • Three garlic cloves minced
  • One large chopped onion
  • One hand full of French beans reduced into small pieces(green)
  • One hand full of fresh finely chopped thyme
  • White pepper 1 tbsp.
  • Three medium-sized tomatoes
  • Curry powder 2tbsp.
  • 3 tbsp. Tomato puree
  • Two grated carrots
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • One green chili (sliced)
  • Salt

Lemon flavored barbecue Chakalaka

What you need

  • Two zested lemon (medium-sized)
  • 3tbsp barbecue spice
  • Three diced tomatoes( large)
  • Two diced onions(medium)
  • Three minced garlic cloves
  • 2 ½ tbsp. ground pepper
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • Minced ginger 3cm
  • Salt

Guide for simple Chakalaka

  • Place a cooking pot in a source of heat and put your cooking oil
  • Add your onions and garlic and chili. Cook them until they are crisp
  • Add your French beans and stir for two minutes
  • Add your carrots, thyme, paprika, curry powder, and white pepper and stir for the spices to incorporate well. In case your pot seems dry, you can add some water and simmer it for 5 minutes
  • Add salt, your tomatoes, and puree and cook for two minutes
  • Stir and taste for flavor consistency. Add salt if needed
  • Drain water from your baked beans and add them in the pot
  • Stir and simmer for about 3 minutes and remove it from the source of heat
  • Serve hot or cold

Guide for lemon-flavored barbecue Chakalaka

  • Put your olive oil in a cooking pan and place it on your cook stove over medium heat
  • Add your onions and stir it until crisp
  • Add your garlic and ginger and cook it for about 2 minutes
  • Put your tomatoes and barbecue spice and stir for 2 minutes
  • Add your ground pepper, and salt then stir again and taste for flavor consistency
  • Add your lemon zest and cook it for two minutes
  • Ready to serve

Serve while hot or cold with rice, samp, or crusty bread.

How do you love enjoying your Chakalaka relish? Share your contributions in the comment section below.


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