The different types of available foods and meals in South Africa’s cuisine are amazing. South Africa has a very wide cultural heritage and has eleven official languages. Because of the South Africa’s many various heritages, it has many different recipes and cuisines that will blow your taste buds out of the way once you taste them. This is why South Africa’s cuisine is known as the ‘rainbow’ cuisine, (it is describing the different heritages as a different color on the rainbow.) Below are the most delicious foods of South Africa’s cuisine that are not only unique but have the most amazing taste, texture, and ingredients in every bite.
Bobotie is an old south African dish that originated in either Indonesia or Malaysia. Although every heritage of South Africans cook bobotie in a different way, it is most traditionally made of dried fruit, spiced beef or lamb, and with an egg-based topping. It is also made with curry powder which gives this meal a slight ‘tang’. The variety of flavors in this dish make this cuisine complex. The dry fruit such as apricots and raisins, mix with the meat and curry flavor very nicely. Although bobotie can be a meal on it’s own, it is usually serve with geelrys- which is yellow rice with raisins.
For a a recipe of making your own South African bobotie, feel free to visit the link: www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5109/bobotie
Mealie Pap is a porridge made from ground maize and other grains. This meal is traditionally made from the Bantus that inhabit South Africa. Mealie Pap is basically a cornmeal mush that even on a tight budget you can make this meal. It is usually served with milk and sugar for breakfast time in South Africa, but is also served with meat and tomato stew to make a complete meal. This meal can be served hot or cold, and can even be fried.
For the traditional South African recipe of making Mealie Pap, feel free to visit the link: www.sa-austin.com/mieliepap-recipe.html
Chakalaka is a traditional spicy South African vegetable relish dish of onions, tomatoes, and usually beans. It is usually served as a sauce and is served cold, but can also be served hot. In South Africa it is a required condiment for braais(barbecues). This food is not only served in Africa but is also served in fancy hotels and restaurants. After trying this South African hot and rich sauce, your taste buds will never be the same again!
For the recipe of making Chakalaka, feel free to visit the link: www.food.com/recipe/chakalaka-172727
Tomato Bredie is a traditional South African vegetable, lamb, and tomato stew (Bredie means vegetable stew.) This meal comes from the Dutch settlers in Cape Town South Africa. This stew is great for the winter and is also very healthy for you due to the lycopene in the tomatoes that are part of the stew. The lycopene has antioxidants that help fight off cancer and heart disease. So Tomato Bredie is not only an extravagant South African stew but is also a very beneficial one at that.
Feel free to visit the link for the recipe of how to make traditional South African Tomato bredie: www.rainbownation.com/recipes/recipe.asp
Vetkoek is a traditional South African pastry. The dough of the pastry is deep fried in cooking oil and is either filled with mince, or is spread over with honey or jelly. Vetkoek is a great South African dessert that can be a delicious sweet after a South African meal. This may not be the dessert that you would want to eat everyday due to all the cooking oil, but everyone has to give this recipe a try at least once. For the recipe of making Vetkoek, feel free to visit the link: www.sa-austin.com/vetkoek-recipe.html
So, in summary, these foods are the most popular of Souh Africa’s rainbow cuisine. There are many other South African recipes and foods, but these are just a few. For more of South Africa’s foods and recipes, feel free to visit the link below.