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    Enjolinfam's Note:

    This is a staple food in South Africa as well as other parts. My amaXhosa friend, Ntombizanele Sokupa, gave this recipe to me. Serve this with Chakolaka (Chakalaka (South African Vegetable Stir-Fry)). I think the Pap would taste too plain without the Chakolka or something similar. The flavors from the Chakolaka tastes good with the Pap. Thanks Zanele!

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    • 2 -3 cups cornmeal (I use 2 cups only but you may use more if you have really large potatoes)
    • 3 -4 cups water
    • 3 potatoes
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1 tablespoon salt


    1. 1
      Peel potatoes and dice. Put potatoes, water, salt, and oil in a pot and cook at a medium heat with the lid on until the potatoes are soft enough to mash.
    2. 2
      Mash the potatoes in the pot. Stir in the cornmeal and cook the pap for about 15 minutes until done. It's good to use a wooden spoon to mix the pap every 5 minutes (Don't scrap the part that sticks to the pan- just leave it there and eat the soft part only).
    3. 3
      Serve hot and enjoy the Pap with Chakalaka.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 07, 2011


      I made this with garnet yams instead of potatoes and loved it. The kids and husband weren't too fond of it though. I thought it was naturally sweet and very filling. I think it would make a good breakfast porridge.

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    • on August 29, 2008


      Given my fondness for creamy polenta, this recipe intrigued me. Though intended to accompany spicier dishes I opted to serve this with grilled steak prepared with a full flavored marinade and sauce. It was good a pleasant intermediate between mashed potatoes and polenta. Nice to have another tasty side dish that I can pull together in a jiffy with ingredients I always have on hand. Thanks!

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    • on July 01, 2008


      Pap, it sounds like baby food! Well, whatever, I really liked it myself, better than plain old mashed potatoes and much better on the waist line too. I did serve it with the vegetable stir fry, and the 2 recipes went very well together, thank you. Mine neither burnt nor stuck to the pan (or maybe only a little bit on one side). I would made this as a side dish on its own too! Thanks, reviewed for ZWT IV.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pap (Potatoes and Cornmeal)

    Serving Size: 1 (406 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 373.8
    Calories from Fat 51
    Total Fat 5.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 1780.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 74.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
    Sugars 1.6 g
    Protein 8.1 g

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