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South African Chakalaka

Indulge in the vibrant and aromatic flavors of Chakalaka with Vegetable Atchar. This traditional South African dish is a delightful blend of spicy, tangy, and savory goodness that will tantalize your taste buds. The Chakalaka, a spicy vegetable relish, is perfectly complemented by the zesty Vegetable Atchar, adding an extra layer of flavor to the dish. Whether enjoyed as a side dish or a main course, this recipe will transport you to the heart of South African cuisine with its rich and authentic flavors. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey with this Chakalaka with Vegetable Atchar recipe that is sure to impress both friends and family alike.

South African Chakalaka

Chakalaka Recipe with Vegetable Atchar

Enjoy the vibrant and bold flavors of Chakalaka with Vegetable Atchar, a traditional South African dish that will spice up your dining experience. The hearty chakalaka, bursting with a medley of vegetables and aromatic spices, provides a savory and satisfying base. The tangy and zesty vegetable atchar adds a delightful punch of flavor that perfectly complements the chakalaka. Together, they create a harmonious balance of tastes that will leave you craving more. Whether served as a side dish or as a main course, this recipe promises to transport you to the vibrant culinary world of South Africa. Prepare to be amazed by the explosion of flavors and textures in every bite of this Chakalaka with Vegetable Atchar recipe.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine South African


  • large pan
  • Cutting board
  • Grater
  • knife
  • mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Serving dish
  • small sauce pan


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan or pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent.
  • Add the diced green bell pepper and grated carrots to the pan. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, curry powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Add the canned baked beans, canned chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, and sugar to the pot. Stir well to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer the chakalaka for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The vegetables should be tender and the flavors well blended.
  • While the chakalaka is simmering, prepare the vegetable atchar. In a separate bowl, combine the grated carrots and cabbage. In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar, sugar, salt, turmeric, mustard seeds, and chili flakes (if using) until the sugar dissolves. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the grated vegetables and stir well. Allow the atchar to cool.
  • Once the chakalaka is cooked, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly. Serve the chakalaka warm with a dollop of vegetable atchar on top. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley.



If you can't find canned tomatoes, you can use fresh tomatoes instead. Simply chop them finely and cook them with the onions and peppers until they have broken down and released their juices.
You can adjust the spiciness of the chakalaka and vegetable atchar by adding more or less chili powder or fresh chili peppers. Taste as you go to ensure you get the level of heat you desire.
The vegetable atchar can be stored in the fridge for up to a month. Make sure to store it in an airtight container.
This recipe is easily adaptable to include other vegetables that you may have on hand, such as carrots, green beans, or peas. Feel free to experiment with different combinations until you find the one you like best.


Serving: 200g
Keyword chakalaka recipe
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