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A South African favourite

chakalaka recipe for braai

This chakalaka recipe is super delicious and flavour packed with spices like and chilli flakes, curry powder, ginger and garlic. It makes the perfect braai side dish too, which makes this an all in one recipe that anyone who wants to cook to impress should follow.


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for those of you who are unfamiliar with what chakalaka is

It is a spicy bean soup that is made typically made from canned beans that are then seasoned with a flavour packed tomato relish. It usually served with pap en vleis ( melie meal and meat– lots of meat!)

the step by step guide to making the best chakalaka

The first thing you should do when preparing this meal is to prepare all the ingredients needed for the recipe. This will them limit cooking time and reduce the chance of burning your chakalaka.

tip: if you don’t want any tomato pieces in your chakalaka then grate the tomatoes instead of chopping.

This vegetarian meal requires hearty ingredients like onions, green pepper (use different colored peppers if going for a seven color Sunday look), carrots and tomatoes (chopped or grated).

Make sure to use ripe or over-ripened tomatoes as opposed to green ones.

chakalaka ingredients

the spices needed:

In this recipe I made sure I added all the mandatory spices that will produce a hot, spicy and delicious chakalaka recipe that best fits with your Friday braai day.

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bay leaves

Bay leaves give the chakalaka a hearty and deep earthy flavor.

dried mixed herbs

Gives the chakalaka a hint of freshness and boldness in flavor.

garlic powder

Garlic tastes good in almost every savory meal. It gives the meal a a delicious distinct flavor.


Paprika adds a good smokey flavor to the chakalaka, this flavor then compliments the the braaied meat the chakalaka will be served in.


Chilli is a mandatory ingredient, it gives the dish a spicy flavor.

curry powder

This is a South African staple. Despite it being called curry powder, it does not make every dish you use it in curry. This spice, however, really takes your chakalaka’s flavor profile to the next level. Definitely another mandatory ingredient.


chakalaka recipe

This is a delicious and spicy chakalaka recipe that originates from the beautiful South Africa. This recipe pairs perfectly well with pap on a good braai day.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South African
Servings 5 servings


  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chopped pepper
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 can koo baked beans in tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water


  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried crushed chilli
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herb
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp Rajah medium curry powder


  • Place a large pan on medium heat along with your oil and allow it to heat up. Once the oil has heated up, place your onions and basil in the pan and fry for about 5 minutes whilst continuously stirring.
  • Once your onions start to brown on the edges, add your pepper and carrots along with your curry powder and stir well. Continuously stir your vegetables until your vegetables have softened.
  • Add your tomatoes to your vegetables along with your garlic powder, 1/4 cup of water, paprika, chilli flakes and mixed herb. Stir well and allow your tomatoes to cook with the cover on your pan for about 5 minutes.
  • Once your tomato relish is done cooking( this can be seen in the softened vegetables and cooked tomatoes), add your koo beans to the relish and stir well for about 5 minutes. add salt and pepper for taste and enjoy.
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