Traditional Zulu Chakalaka & Steam Bread Recipe

Posted in: Blog, General on January 18, 2021

Lets Try This!

Mom Ntkozo’s Chakalaka Recipe


  • 4 x medium carrots
  • 1 x onion
  • 1 x small green pepper
  • 2 x tins of baked beans
  • 2 x chilli beef cubes or chakalaka cubes
  • 2 TSP Minestrone soup
  • Curry powder *** (see Ntkozo’s recipe below)
  • Sunflower oil for cooking

Curry Powder Ingredients:

  • 2 Tsp ginger & garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp garum masala
  • 2 Tsp jeerah powder
  • 1 Tsp of zeal


  • Dice your onions and green pepper; peel and grate your carrots
  • Heat your pan, pour in the oil and add your onions
  • Add curry powder, and leave it for a few minutes (until it changes colour)
  • Pour in the green pepper, stir for 2 minutes
  • Add the carrots and stir; add 2 x beef cubes, stir, and close the lid for 3 minutes
  • Add your beans
  • Mix 2 spoons of soup into a cup of warm water and pour into the stew; wait for 2 minutes and your stew is done

This stew will stay nice and fresh for up to a week in the fridge!


Mom Ntkozo’s Steam Bread Recipe


  • 1kg of flour
  • 3 spoons for sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 sachet yeast
  • butter (small amount)


  • Pour flour into a large bowl; add your sugar, salt and yeast and mix together
  • Add a little bit of water until it becomes a soft dough
  • Add some butter to avoid it becoming too sticky
  • cover the dough and allow it to rise in the sun
  • Boil water on the stove**
  • Once your dough has risen, roll it into balls, and put each ball in a small plastic bag.
  • steam these rolls for 1hr30

Enjoy as a delicious side with curry, chakalaka or on it’s own!

**You can also cook these rolls inside your curry! In this case, the bags aren’t necessary, and they only need to cook for 30-45 minutes.



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