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Microwave Cornmeal Mielie Pap With Sheba

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“This is a great side dish which is a staple in South African homes. It is a quick and easy substitute for mashed potatoes, and is great with barbequed meat - braaivleis. Sheba is a rich tomato gravy which is great over the pap and freezes well. One recipe is usually good for two or three recipes of pap.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pap.
  2. Add boiling water, creamed corn, salt and margarine to casserole dish. Add cornmeal and stir. Cook in microwave for 2 minutes, stir. Cook for around 6 to 8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until pap is thick and fluffy. Serve with gravy, sheba, or salsa. Great with barbequed meat.
  3. To make microwave pap without creamed corn, add an extra cup of boiling water and cook as directed.
  4. Sheba.
  5. Sauté the onion in a frying pan with oil until soft – make sure heat is not too high, you don’t want the onions to brown. When onion is soft, add green pepper and stir for around 2 minutes – doesn’t have to be completely cooked.
  6. Add can of tomato paste and also can of diced tomatoes. Then add 3 big cloves of crushed garlic and two cubes of brown sugar and chopped fresh parsley (around 2 tbsps).
  7. Add ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 ½ tsp of freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Cook over slow heat (simmer) for about 10 minutes. Better the day after it is made.
  9. Serve over pap.

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