Bhisto with fried eggs

Bhisto with fried eggs

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • Dairy free Fat conscious Health conscious
  • 20 minutes
  • 35 minutes
  • Leeuwenkuil Family Reserve White 2016


  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 free-range eggs
  • fresh white bread

Cooking Instructions

Heat a saucepan and add half the olive oil. Lightly fry the onion over a medium heat until soft and fragrant.

Stir in the tomatoes. Simmer for a few minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to break down. Add the bird's eye chillies, sugar and salt and stir well. Simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the relish is thick. Set aside.

Heat the remaining oil in another pan and fry the eggs. Serve with a dollop of the bhisto, fresh white bread and a steaming cup of tea.

Cook's note: This genius relish made out of little more than tomatoes and onions was popularised in Port Elizabeth by black, working-class families in their endless pursuit of affordable meal solutions. I added bird’s-eye chillies to take it to the next level. It’s not a boastful or fancy dish, just a lip-smackingly good old tomato sauce – the taste of nostalgia.

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