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chakalaka recipe for braai

by | Mar 8, 2022 | Vegetarian Meals | 0 comments

Chakalaka is a South African gift from heaven, it is a spicy, aromatic dish that pairs so well with braaied meat and pap. This traditional chakalaka recipe for braai is super easy to make and tastes delicious. This recipe uses the trusted Koo baked beans which guarantees a delicious flavour profile

what is chakalaka made of?

Chakalaka is a South African take on baked beans. It is a spicy baked bean dish that is full of veggies, and most importantly spices. It makes a perfect side for braais.

what does chakalaka taste like?

It tastes like a spicy tomato relish with baked beans inside. This is due to the making process, a spicy tomato relish is first made, and then baked beans are added to it. Another reason why you should try it out, it is easy to make!

what to serve chakalaka with

    • Pap and braaied meat

This is a staple standard procedure in many South African homes. Braaied meat is a love language in South Africa, so to just top off the love we pair it with chakalaka and pap.

  • Magwinya/vetkoek

This is my second favourite way of enjoying chakalaka. Magwinya is also referred to as puff puff in West Africa. I love having this combo in winter when craving a warm and heart meal.

  • Steamed bread

If you are going for a seven colour Sunday kind of meal, then steamed bread and chakalaka goes a long way. These two will brighten up your plate especially when served with beetroot, green salad, and sweet corn.

the step by step guide to making the best chakalaka

    • Step one:

Heat oil in a large pan on medium heat. Once the oil has heated enough, fry your onions along with your bay leaves, once your onions start to brown add the rest of your vegetables and cook until they are slightly done

  • Step two:

Add in your curry powder and chopped tomatoes, and stir well. Add the crushed chilli, mixed herb, paprika and garlic powder to your pan stir well and allow the pot to simmer.

  • Step three:

Once your relish is done cooking, reduce the temperature and add in your Koo bakes beans and stir well. Allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes. Add salt for taste, and enjoy with your pap and braaied meat

the spices needed:

chakalaka spices
Pro tips for making this recipe
    • Play around with spices! The spices listed are just a guideline to making chakalaka, show you personality by experimenting with different spices. Add a little more chilli flakes for a hot relish recipe or add your favourite seasoning. Make this recipe your own and see just how delicious it turns out.
  • When frying your onions, fry them for a little longer, there is just something about frying onions until they brown that takes your dish to the next level. (PS: don’t burn your onions, just brown them a little more.)
  • ·Add ½ tsp of sugar to your tomato relish along with a splash of white vinegar. This gives your tomato relish a delicious and tangy flavour that will really compliment your braaied meat.
  • If you prefer a hot chakalaka, use the equivalent of ½ a tsp of fresh red chilli that is finely chopped instead of the dried chilli.

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
  • 2 white onion chopped
  • 2 chopped tomatoes chopped
  • ½ green pepper
  • ½ yellow pepper
  • ½ red pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 can koobaked beans in tomato sauce


  • 3 tsp medium heat curry powder
  • 1 tsp chilli
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herb
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic and ginger


  • Place a large pan on medium heat along with the sunflower oil. Once the oil has heated up, place your onions and bay in the pan and fry for about 5 minutes whilst continuously stirring.
  • Once your onions start to brown, add the green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers along with curry powder. Continuously stir your vegetables until they have been slightly softened.
  • Add your tomatoes to the fried peppers and onions along with the crushed garlic & ginger, chilli flakes, mixed herb, paprika and onion powder. 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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