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How to make pap

by | Jun 19, 2022 | Vegetarian Meals | 0 comments

If you’re keen on mastering the art of making pap, then look no further because you’ve come to the right place. This recipe is specifically designed to help you create a flawless South African braai pap that will undoubtedly impress your guests as it makes pap with no lumps. Stiff pap is a popular African dish that’s made from mielie meal and pairs perfectly with a range of sides, such as chakalaka, braai vlies or wors stew.

What is pap made of?

South African pap is made from maize meal (also known as mielie meal) and water. The maize meal is cooked in boiling water to form a thick porridge-like consistency, which can be served as a side dish or a main meal. The texture of the pap can vary depending on the coarseness of the maize meal used and the amount of water added during cooking. In some parts of South Africa, the pap may be flavoured with butter, milk, or cheese, and served with meat and vegetables. Pap is also known as ugali, nsima, nshima and sadza in different parts of South Africa.

How to make pap without lumps

To prevent lumpy pap, it is crucial to follow the initial steps correctly. Firstly, mix maize meal with cold water thoroughly, and then add boiling water while stirring continuously until the maize boils. Any negligence in this process can lead to the formation of bumps, which can ruin the texture of the pap.

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Before proceeding, ensure that you have followed the initial guidelines mentioned in the previous header. Once the water in the pot reaches boiling point, securely cover the pot, and let it boil for a duration of ten minutes.

After the ten-minute mark, include half-cup portions of maize meal into the boiling pap and stir thoroughly. The consistency of the mixture will begin to thicken. Gradually add more half-cup portions of maize meal until the mixture reaches the desired thickness. Once the desired thickness is achieved, use a wooden spoon to continuously stir the mixture until it becomes smooth and thick. It is crucial to follow these precise instructions to achieve the perfect consistency for your maize meal.

To let the pap simmer properly, it’s advised to keep the pot covered for 5 minutes before serving the maize meal. This step is essential for the best results.

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how to make pap

this is an easy step-by-step guide to making the best soft and no lump pap that will perfectly pair well with chakalaka and braaied meat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
mixing time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine South African


  • 1 strong wooden spoon
  • 1 medium-large pot


  • 2 cups maize meal
  • 2 cup cold water
  • 1.2 liters boiling water
  • maize meal meal for mixing.


step one:

  • Place the 2 cups of maize meal and cold water into the medium-sized pot and stir well.
  • Once stirred well, place your pot on high heat, and add boiling water to the pot and continue to stir until it starts to boil.
  • Once your maize starts to boil, cover your pot and allow the pap to boil for 10 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes of boiling the maize, add small portions of maize to your pot whilst simultaneously mixing. Look at the video for assistance.
  • Once your pap has reached your desired consistency, mix it well with a wooden spoon until all lumps have disappeared.
  • close your pot and allow your pap to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve your pap with your favourite side and enjoy.
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Why is my pap always watery

If your pap is watery, it may be because you used too much water when preparing it. It’s important to measure the amount of water you add to the maize meal carefully, as too much water can result in a runny consistency.

To fix watery pap, you can try adding more maize meal to thicken it up. Start by adding small amounts of maize meal at a time and stirring well until you reach the desired consistency. Alternatively, you can cook the pap for a little longer to allow the water to evaporate and the maize meal to absorb more liquid.

How to heat up pap on the stove

To reheat leftover pap, put it in a pot or saucepan on the stove. If the pap has become too thick or dry, add a little water to soften it up again. Heat the pap until it reaches the desired texture, then serve it as a side dish or main meal with your preferred meat, vegetables, or sauces. Follow these instructions exactly to ensure the best results

How to heat up pap in the microwave

To reheat leftover pap, transfer it to a dish that is safe to use in the microwave. If the pap has become too thick or dry, add a small amount of water to help soften it up. Cover the dish with a lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap, making sure to leave a small opening for steam to escape. Microwave the pap on high power for 1-2 minutes. These precise instructions will ensure your leftover pap is reheated to perfection



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