South African recipes are influenced by the country's mixture of
people, languages and culture groups. The food is indicative of this
mix and has produced a wide range of tastes and techniques.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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South Africa Facts
The bulk of the Black African people today live a westernised
lifestyle but in the traditional black villages in the rural areas
of South Africa the staple diet is vegetable and mielie pap. Mielie
Pap is a maize meal porridge often served with gravy and a little
meat if available. Samp and beans is another traditional meal.
The first white inhabitants in South Africa were primarily three
groups: Dutch, French and British. The food that comes from the
descendants of the Dutch makes up the typical “Boere Kos” (Farmers
Food) that is still enjoyed by many.
Koeksisters, Rusks, Frikkadels and Sout Tert (Savoury Tart)
recipes can be found at South
Another large group of people particularly in the Western Cape
are the Cape Malay people who originate from the earliest slaves
in the Cape. Their curries are renowned all over the country.
South African Recipe
Here is a favourite traditional Mutton Curry recipe.
This is a quick and easy choice in our Cape Malay recipes. Mutton
being a tougher meat needs a little longer to cook though.
1.5 kg boneless mutton shoulder
4 onions, chopped
15 ml curry powder
5 ml turmeric
10 ml salt
2 ml black pepper
1 stick cinnamon
2 bay leaves
2 bananas, sliced
125ml wine vinegar
500ml meat stock
Cut meat into cubes, fry in oil until brown. Add onions and sauté.
Add curry powder and turmeric, fry lightly. Add all remaining
seasonings, then carrots and fruit. Add vinegar and stock, cook
until meat is tender, 2–3 hours. Serve with yellow rice.