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The Best of South African Recipes From Lesotho

Lesotho is one of the fascinating landlocked countries in Southern part of Africa. You can learn more about it by checking out these recipes

The Best South African Recipes from Lesotho

Lesotho is a landlocked country in the Southern part of Africa. It is a British colony of Basutoland that gained independence on October 4, 1966. The country’s cuisines are influenced mainly by South African culture and tradition. It is also evident that many of these cuisines are greatly influenced by European culture and ideas, mainly Dutch and German. Fortunately, the recipes are easy to prepare. You can improve these recipes by adding your own options or use alternative ingredients if you cant find the main ones.

Recipe #1: Afrikaanse Stoofschotel

If you love potato and shred cabbage mix, perhaps this recipe is worth trying. It is one of the most popular meals in the country. This meal goes with many others and can serve as a side dish. You can always substitute any of this ingredients with a suitable option, if you cant find the original.

Preparation time:30 minutes

Servings: 2


- 1 large onion

- 1 teaspoon of curry powder

- 300g of potatoes

- 300g of white cabbage

- 2 large tomatoes

- 300 ml of water

- ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper


  1. Clean and wash the cabbage and potatoes before you Shred the cabbage and dice the potatoes. Fry the onion inside hot oil and then add the curry powder before frying for an additional 1 minute
  2. Add the potatoes and water before bringing them to a boil. Allow simmering for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cabbage and cook further for additional 10 minutes.
  4. Chop your tomatoes and add them to the stew. Cook further for 5 more minutes until the tomatoes become soft.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and make it cool for few minutes before serving.

Recipe #2: Banana Souffle

Want some mashed banana recipe? Try out this option.

Preparation time: 1 hour

Serving: 1-2

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- 4 large ripe bananas

- 3 tablespoons of sugar

- 120 ml of whipped cream

- 2 well-beaten egg yolks

- 2 well-beaten egg whites

- Zest of grated 1 lemon

- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice

- 2 teaspoons of butter


  1. Grease a souffle pan with butter and chill in the fridge for some minutes.
  2. Remove the greased pan from the fridge after 20 minutes, grease lightly again before coating it with sugar, and then return it to the fridge.
  3. While keeping the pan in the fridge, mash the banana and add the sugar gently before creaming in the whipped cream, then mash into a paste.
  4. Add the egg yolk, lemon zest, and juice and mix well. Allow the mix to settle for a few minutes before you proceed to the next step.
  5. Fold in the egg whites gently before pouring the mix into the souffle pan.
  6. Set it on a baking sheet, then place it inside an oven preheated to 170C degrees.
  7. Bake until it has firmly risen. This preparatory step should take about 25 minutes. Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before you proceed to the next step.
  8. You can serve it with a bit of Vanilla custard.

Recipe #3: Chakalaka

Chakalaka is one of the most popular stews in the Southern region of Africa, and it can be served with rice, bread, potato, and many other side dishes. Locals and tourists.You may substitute any of the ingredients for this recipe in case you cant find the original ones.

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Serving: 1-2


- 1 finely chopped red bell pepper

- 2 finely chopped tomatoes

- 1 finely chopped onion

- 2 finely chopped red hot chilies

- 1 finely chopped large carrot

- 2 tablespoons of oil


  1. Fry the carrots in a pan for a few minutes before adding the onions, bell pepper, and onion.
  2. Fry for about 5 minutes before adding the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes break down and form a mush.
  3. Season before serving with rice, pap, or potato.

Recipe #4: Pap (Traditional Maize Morsel)

Pap goes with any Soup or stew, the most popular morsel in the entire Southern African region. Remember, your pap’s portion size will depend on the volume of water and the amount of raw maize meal used.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Servings: 1-2


- 300g of maize meal or polenta

- 300 ml of water


  1. Bring the water to boil, then add the maize meal or polenta until a stiff mix is obtained.
  2. Leave the mix to simmer for about 25 minutes while stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning.
  3. Serve with any stew or sauce. Remember, this maize meal thickens quickly; hence it must be served immediately.

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