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Stewed or Grilled- The Traditional Bites of Africa

South Africa

Going on a holiday vacation to South Africa! One of the best holiday destinations offers  highly diversified safari for your entertainment and enjoyment and also has for you the  taste of South African food. It is said that South Africa food is one of the most nutritious in the continent and has all the colors and flavours especially non vegetarian, meat stuffed dishes to excite your taste buds and to learn the tradition of Africa.
Number of restaurants in South Africa serve both modern and traditional African food. Each dish reflects one or more of the different cultural influences found across the continent.
Traditional African food is generally cooked over an open fire or in a three-legged pot (or potjie), so meat tends to be served in either stewed or grilled form. A starch usually accompanies the meat: mieliepap (maize porridge), potatoes or rice. Beetroot, carrots, cabbage and pumpkin are the vegetables most commonly served.
Here we will know about the ten best typical South African dishes that you can enjoy!



Chakalaka is a traditional Southern African food with an easy to prepare recipe a spicy relish served alongside a main course. A gravy from chopped tomato and onion upon which is added  plenty of grated carrot, chillies, garlic, a bit of grated cabbage, baked beans and/or cauliflower (diced). Cooked until soft with hot curry powder. Generally in South Africa, Chakalaka is a required component for serving barbecues.



Potjiekos is a traditional and popular food of South Africa and is essentially a meat and vegetable meal of the Boers and although it resembles a stew and is not prepared like a stew. It is slowly cooked in a three legged Cast iron pot over coals with little supervision.



Vetkoek looks like a stuffed bun but actually it is a traditional South African Pastry. It is made of cooked minced beef meat and spread with syrup of honey or jam. It is crispy outside as is deep fried and warm and fluffy inside.



Mealie is a maize meal and is served on the cob or made into a beer. It forms a part of South Africa’s staple food and is a quick meal for most of the African household. It is often processed into a form of Mealie Pap which is a porridge made from ground maize and other grains. It is served hot and cold with milk and sugar as breakfast or with meat and tomato stew as a complete meal.



The boerewors roll is pure South African cuisine. It can be found at a roadside stand, char-grilled over an open-flame then placed into a bun and covered in mustard and tomato sauce. It is a type of sausage made from seasoned pork or minced beef or lamb and spices are added to make it delicious.



Bredie is a heavily spiced stew consisting of lamb meat and vegetables. The most common variant of Bredie is the Tomato Bredie and tastes great.



Frikkadel is South African meat balls almost baked and sometimes deep fried and are prepared with onions, bread, eggs and other spices.



Sosaties is a traditional meat based food of South Africa. The meat is of lamb or mutton and is marinated skewered and then barbecued or cooked in skewers.



Bobotie is South African food that is typical South African food made of dried fruits, spiced beef or lamb and topped with an egg. It is national dish of South Africa and is similar to Moussaka. It is prepared with curry powder giving it ta tangy flavour.



Biltong is a South African food and is a kind of air dried meat usually beef. Many different types of meat are used in making ranging from beef through meats to fillets of ostrich from commercial farms. Typical preparation involves cutting strips of raw fillets of meat following the grain of the muscle.
Other local favourites include a wide variety of delectable Cape Malay dishes, and sweet delicacies such as the Koeksister and Melktert. You will find traditional African and South African restaurants in all major cities and most larger towns across the country. African food changes with the seasons: open-air grilling is popular in summer; hearty stews and soups in winter. Most restaurants serving traditional African food are very reasonably priced. Traditional street food, such as Boerewors rolls, is even cheaper. An open-mind; traditional African food may not always sound, or even look, that good, but it’s all delicious.