South African Traditional Recipes And Dishes

IFM |South Africa’s Most Loved Dishes

South Africa has a wide variety of traditional foods with influences spanning throughout the globe and dating back hundreds of years.


These recipes only contain the basic ingredients, the amount of each ingredient will depend on how many people you intend on serving. From potjiekos to braaivleis, here are a few of our favourite dishes:

  • Bobotie

This is a simple and quick dish. Fry one onion together with a few garlic cloves; add turmeric and a pinch of salt into a frying pan, and sauté until golden brown.

  • South African Malay Curry

Heat oil in a large pot then add onions, garlic and spices and cook until golden brown. Add your meat (lamb or beef) to the mixture and leave until cooked; then add green peppers, eggplant and broth. Reduce heat and allow ingredients to simmer roughly for an hour before adding 1 cup plain yoghurt and half-cup apricot jam before serving. For a healthier variation, you can you can improve the nutritional value by adding more vegetables like cauliflower.

  • Malva Pudding

First, grease your oven-proof dish before adding beaten eggs and sugar mixture. Then add melted butter and vinegar to the mixture. Now add flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda along with milk, and beat well. Pour all of your ingredients into the oven-proof dish and bake for approximately 45 minutes at 180 degrees. Leave to stand and serve still hot with custard or ice-cream.

South Africa is a rich and diverse country with a wonderful culinary history. Even catering companies are found of including traditional dishes in their menus and these recipes can be adjusted in a number of ways, either to make them more nutritious and are even suitable for large scale catering.

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