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Putu pap is a dish of South African origin made from maize meal, water and butter. The name “Putu pap” is derived from the Zulu ‘uphuthu’ and Dutch word ‘pap’. It is evident from the ingredients and steps that follow that it is a quite simple dish to prepare. Though, a traditional South African dish, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try it out in your kitchen on a free day.

If you agree with me then let’s discover how to prepare putu pap in this article.



Two and half cups of boiling water

1 teaspoon of salt

Two and half cups of maize meal or milled maize

1 tablespoon of butter


Special Utensils

  1. Wooden spoon
  2. Kitchen fork


What Putu Pap Can Be Eaten With

Putu pap can be served with steak, tomato sauce and vegetables.



  1. Pour water into a saucepan, add salt and bring to boil.
  2. Add the maize meal or milled maize to the boiling water.
  3. Cover with the lid.
  4. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about five minutes.
  5. Remove the lid and stir with a large fork or wooden spoon.
  6. Cover again with the lid, reduce the heat and leave the pap to steam for thirty minutes. Stir the food with a fork or wooden spoon occasionally while cooking.
  7. Add the butter to the pap and stir with the fork before removing the saucepan from the fire.
  8. Serve with any accompaniment of your choice.




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