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  • 5 minutes
  • 15 minutes

This traditional Xhosa dish is a simple mix of squash – traditionally intyabontyi, an indigenous squash similar to pumpkin – and white mielies. It’s seasoned with nothing more that salt and a bit of sugar. It’s usually enjoyed alone by the bowlful, hot or cold. It’s also delicious alongside stew or grilled meat.


  • 400 g pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • 200 g white mielies, cut off the cob
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 T brown sugar

Cooking Instructions

1.  Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover.

2. Cook over a medium heat for 10–15 minutes, or until the pumpkin is soft and the mielies are tender to the bite. Drain any excess water.

3 Mash the pumpkin to form a rough purée. Serve warm or cold.

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Photographs: Jan Ras
Food assistant: Dani Smith

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