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South African Chakalaka

18 May 2021 at 12:02:30

10 Minutes

25 Minutes

4 Servings



Chakalaka is really wide spread in Southern Africa and if you have had the chance to travel a bit we are sure that you had the chance to try some versions of this amazing dish. Every house and area has their own take so don't be shy and try giving it your own taste.

It is a simple yet delicious and it should be quite easy to find the ingredients no matter where you are living. It goes very well with any braaied (barbequed) meat but basically with any protein. This is a 100 % vegan recipe.

This is our take, feel free to add, change and adjust according to your taste.
South African Chakalaka


  1. Cut and prepare all ingredients according to directions.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy based pot on medium heat on your stove. Add onions, garlic, bell peppers and scotch bonnet pepper. Fry for approximately 2 minutes.

  3. Add cayenne, paprika and curry powder to the pot and stir fry for another 2 minutes until the flavors start developing and you can clearly smell the fragrances.

  4. Add shredded carrots and sauté for 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally.

  5. Stir in the tomatoes, baked beans and add the stock cube. Season to taste. 

  6. Simmer without cover for 15 to 20 minutes while keeping the heat on medium to allow the sauce to reduce. Stir occasionally. 

  7. Serve hot with your favorite braaied (grilled, bbqued) meat or fish or leave to cool down and eat it on your bread. Anything goes!


  • 1 red bell pepper chopped

  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped

  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper chopped and de-seeded (you may leave the seeds if you like it spicy; any other chili works too)

  • 2 ripe tomatoes chopped

  • 1 can baked beans 

  • 1 medium sized red onion chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves crushed

  • 200 g shredded carrot

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 vegetable stock cube

  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika

  • 1 tbsp curry powder

  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper (you can leave this out if spicy is not for you)

  • salt & black pepper to taste

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