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How to cook soft pap.

Soft pap, also known as “pap en vleis” or “slap pap,” is a popular South African dish made from maize meal. It has a smooth, porridge-like consistency. Here’s how you can cook soft pap:

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How to cook soft pap

Soft pap is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish with various meat or vegetable stews.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South African


  • 2 cups maize meal (finely ground cornmeal)

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)


  • In a large saucepan or pot, bring the water to a boil over high heat.
    2. In a separate bowl, mix the maize meal with a little bit of cold water to make a smooth paste. This helps to prevent lumps from forming when you add it to the boiling water.
    3. Slowly pour the maize meal paste into the boiling water while stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or whisk. This will help to prevent clumps from forming.
    4. Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring the mixture to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
    5. Cook the mixture for about 20-30 minutes, stirring regularly. The pap will start to thicken and become smooth and creamy.
    6. Add salt to the pot, if desired, and continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The pap should be soft and smooth in consistency.
    7. Taste the pap and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    8. Once the pap reaches the desired consistency, remove it from the heat.
    9. Serve the soft pap hot with your choice of toppings or accompaniments, such as tomato and onion relish, chakalaka (spicy vegetable relish), or stewed meat.



The cooking time may vary depending on the type of maize meal used and the desired consistency. You can adjust the amount of water or maize meal to achieve the desired thickness of the pap. If it becomes too thick, you can add a little more water and continue cooking until it reaches the desired consistency.


Trans Fat: 50g
Keyword Cooking soft pap
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