Traditional Pap en Sous - A South African Classic

Our Traditional Pap en Sous recipe takes you right to the heart of South African cuisine. This comforting and hearty dish is an emblem of South Africa’s food culture, and is loved by locals and tourists alike. Made with simple, affordable ingredients, Pap en Sous is a humble dish with a rich depth of flavor. The maize porridge, or ‘pap’, serves as a beautiful canvas for the flavorful ‘sous’ or sauce. In this post, we will take you step by step through the process of making this traditional dish at home.

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Traditional Pap en Sous

Our Traditional Pap en Sous is a homage to the comforting and hearty South African cuisine. A versatile dish that can be enjoyed at any meal, this recipe will take you on a culinary journey.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South African
Servings 3
Calories 243 kcal


  • 1 cup maize meal
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp salt

For the sous (gravy)

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ green pepper chopped
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup water


  • Bring the water to a boil in the kettle and pour into a microwave safe bowl.
  • Add salt and maize flour. Stir gently with a fork until smooth.
  • Microwave on 100% for 3 minutes. Remove using mittens and stir gently.
  • Cook for another 3 minutes.

For the sous (gravy)

  • Fry the onion in heated oil for 2 minutes.
  • Add curry and fry for another 3 minutes.
  • Add green pepper and tomatoes. Add water.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and sugar.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes until tomatoes and peppers are soft and done and the sauce is starting to thicken slightly.


Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 472mgPotassium: 374mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 959IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg
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