1. Kgodu (pumpkin, peanut and maize porridge)
Kgodu is a Sepedi recipe very similar to the Zulu isijingi. This version is my grandma’s – she adds peanut butter, which is optional.
2. Umngqusho (samp and beans cooked with bone marrow)
Umngqhusho is a much-loved traditional Xhosa dish. Made simply with samp and beans and flavoured with meat/bones/animal stock, it’s a delicious all-in-one meal that is both filling and comforting.
3. Sorghum breakfast porridge
This breakfast porridge has been a staple in many South African homes for generations. It’s easy to make and best of all it really fills that tummy for the day.
4. Ngatha (pork trotters )
In true African fashion, the concept of nose to tail was embraced long before it became a trend. Pork trotters are so delicious to eat cooked in a sauce or even cooked on hot coals and enjoyed as a snack.
We call this tomato and onion sauce ‘gravy’. It’s the best accompaniment to pap and braai vleis.
6. Umvubo/phuthu (crumbly pap and amasi)
This is a delicious meal of maize meal and sour milk that can be enjoyed any time of the day – breakfast, lunch or supper.
7. Ting le tshohlo (sorghum fermented pap and pulled beef)
Ting le tshohlo is a popular SeTswana dish that is a favourite at weddings and special occasions, but it can be enjoyed any time of the year.
With a flavour similar to dark chicken meat, this cut works best when cooked low and slow, to reduce its naturally tough texture.
9. Isigwaqane (maize and red beans)
This recipe is a Zulu favourite that is both filling and delicious. It is one of these dishes that really goes the distance and keeps you fuller for longer.
10. Tripe and ujeqe
This tripe recipe couldn’t be simpler – all you need is tripe, salt, pepper, and time. But served with ujeqe, it’s a hearty, comforting meal.
11. Custard cream sandwich biscuits
With custard powder in the biscuits and the filling, this recipe will bring back the full flavour of many a childhood.