The Lazy Makoti shares 11 of her favourite traditional South African dishes

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The Lazy Makoti shares 11 of her favourite traditional South African dishes

We asked Mogau Seshoene, a.k.a. The Lazy Makoti, to share her top heritage recipes from South Africa. From sorghum breakfast, porridge and crumbly pap and phuthu, to samp and beans and pork trotters here are the 11 of her favourite traditional South African dishes.

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.

Kgodu-pumpkin, peanut and maize porridge

Find the recipe for Kgodu here.

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.


Find the recipe for Umngqusho here.

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.


Find the recipe for sorghum breakfast porridge here.

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.


Find the recipe for ngatha here.

5. Ushatini

We call this tomato and onion sauce ‘gravy’. It’s the best accompaniment to pap and braai vleis.


Find the recipe for ushatini here.

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.


Find the recipe for umvubo/phuthu here.

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.


Find the recipe for ting le tshohlo here.

8. Gizzards

With a flavour similar to dark chicken meat, this cut works best when cooked low and slow, to reduce its naturally tough texture.


Find the recipe for gizzards here.

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.


Find the recipe for isigwaqane here.

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.


Find the recipe for Tripe and ujeqe here.

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.

Find the recipe for custard cream sandwich biscuits here. 

Mogau Seshoene Article by: Mogau Seshoene

Mogau Seshoene, AKA The Lazy Makoti is a cookbook author and TV star.

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