This chakalaka recipe may be used to prepare a very spicy side dish to meats, barbeques, as a vegetable dish or you can make it slightly thinner to serve as a sauce over pap or bread.

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Chakalaka Recipe

Quick and easy Chakalaka
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine South African
Servings 6
Calories 24 kcal


  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • ½ green pepper chopped
  • ¼ red pepper chopped
  • ¼ yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 410g baked beans
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Fry the onions and garlic in the oil until brown.
  • Add curry powder and ginger. Fry for another minute.
  • Add peppers and the chopped tomatoes. Salt and pepper.
  • Add baked beans and stir.
  • For a firmer chakalaka, cook and stir to reduce fluid.
  • For a saucy chakalaka, add water.


Calories: 24kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 212IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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