As Zulu people call it Putu, Xhosa people Umphokoqo, the Afrikaans name for Putu is Pap (derived from the Dutch word “Pap”). There is a distinction between slap (porridge), stijwe (dumpling) and krummel (crumble) Pap, but all made from the same maize 🌾 meal.
We are lucky that we found maize meal at the Carrefour in Spain as my South African wife, born and bred in Kwazulu-Natal missed this the most. She now eats it even with minestrone 😂 and vegetable soup
Utensils 🍴Cast iron pan with lid, fork (Zulu people use a stick)
Ingredients for Putu for 2 people 350 ml water, 250 g white maize ￼ meal, 1 t salt
1 Boil water and add salt. Switch heat off.
2 Add the maize meal into the water very quickly, creating a pyramid
3 Stir it with a fork creating lumps
4 Put lid on and turn heat onto low
5 Stir every 5 minutes to break up the lumps and to loosen the bottom. It is okay if the bottom gets caught, but only a little.
6 After 20 minutes it is ready to serve.
TIP: Monitor it every now and then. It is normal that the bottom gets caught but only a little.
Delicious with Black Label beer 🍺
MUSIC 🎶 This Zulu lullaby is sung to every South African baby. Tula Baba by Miriam Makeba.
Romance of this recipe: Somlandela is the gospel song which the Zulu maids taught Lee to sing at the age of 7-8. She still knows the words 45 years later.