South Africa's finest 🇿🇦 — Stywe pap with sheba: Perfect this South African staple
Stywe pap with sheba (phutu and relish) is a delicious, hearty and comforting staple of South African cuisine, an explosion of South African flavour if you will. It’s made up of two parts: first, we’ve got stywe pap, which is like a stiff porridge made from maize meal. And then, we’ve got sheba, a spicy and flavourful relish made from tomatoes, onions, garlic, and all sorts of tasty spices. When you put the two together, it’s a match made in foodie heaven!
It’s the perfect dish to share with friends and family at a braai or any other social gathering. Are you ready to take your taste buds on a tantalising journey? Here, Renée Nesbitt shares her recipe for this classic South African dish.
Ingredients for the pap (serves 6):
- 4 cups of water
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 ½ cups maize meal
- Pour the water into a large pot, add the salt and butter and bring to the boil.
- Slowly pour the maize meal into the pot to form a cone in the centre but don’t stir!
- Cover with the lid, reduce the heat to low and allow the pap to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Using a large fork (such as a carving fork), stir it until crumbly and cover again with the lid. Simmer for an hour on low heat.
Ingredients for the relish (serves 6):
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 red onions, halved and sliced
- 1 tin tomato purée
- 600g punnet of baby rosa tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup of dry white wine
- 2 tsp Worcester sauce
- 3 tbsp of chopped fresh herbs (I used 1 tbsp each of oregano, parsley and coriander)
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a small pot or saucepan and fry the onions until translucent.
- Add all the ingredients to the pot and allow the sauce to simmer for approximately 1 hour.
- Serve hot with pap and garnish with fresh herbs.
Enjoy! (Your taste buds will thank you) 😋