Uphuthu namasi (dry pap with sour milk)

Uphuthu namasi (dry pap with sour milk)

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  • 3
  • Easy
  • 5 minutes
  • 30 minutes

This recipe will always be my all-time summer favourite. It might seem strange for most people but growing up I used to look forward to warm nights so we could have amasi.


  • 1 1/4 cups water  
  • 1 t salt
  • 300 g maize meal
  • 3 cups amasi, for serving
  • cream, for serving
  • sugar, for serving

Cooking Instructions

1. Bring the water to the boil in a saucepan. Add the salt and half the maize meal and reduce the heat to low.
2. Mix with the back of a wooden spoon, then gradually add the remaining maize meal until the mixture resembles crumbs. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
3. Cool and serve with amasi, a splash of cream and a tablespoon of sugar.

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