Main Meals

Ngatha (pork trotters)

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6 to 8
15 minutes
2 hours

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  • 1 kg pork trotters
  • 2 T oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 x 400 g can tomatoes
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Rinse the trotters thoroughly under clean, running water. Heat oil in a large saucepan and fry onions and spices.

2 Add the trotters and fry for 10 minutes. Add the water, beef stock and tomatoes and season.

3 Cover and cook for 1–2 hours over a medium heat on the stove, or in the oven preheated to 200°C, until tender and falling off the bone, topping up the water when necessary.

Cook's note: 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.

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Recipe by: Mogau Seshoene

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    5 January 2022

    exceptional !

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