Chakalaka With Pap-Pap/A Vegan & Gluten Free Stew With Cornmeal#EattheWorld

Lesotho chakalaka and pap-pap is a very typical meal. The national dish of Lesotho is Pap-pap, made from cornmeal. Chakalaka is a vegetable stew made with baked beans, peppers, carrots and onions, it's delicious. The Chakalaka is vegan and gulten free. You can make the Pap Pap also vegan instead of butter use vegan butter, substitute the milk with water. 
I made this chakalaka mild, add more chilly powder for chopped chilly for a spicy version.

Serves 3
For the Chakalaka/Vegan Vegetable Stew

1 Orange/ Ooty Carrots - grated
1 Medium Onion- thinly sliced
1 Cup Colored Bell Peppers - Orange, Red & Green - diced
¼ Teaspoon, Turmeric
1¼ Teaspoon Curry Powder
1 Teaspoon Red Chilly powder
1 Cup Baked Beans
1 Small Veg Stock Cube
2 Tablespoon Oil
For the Pap Pap
½ Cup Cornmeal
1 Tablespoon Heaped Butter
2½ Cups Boiling Water
½ Cup Milk
1 Cube Cheese 


To Make The Chakalaka
Heat the oil and add the onions sauté till the onions turn translucent, add the dice colored bell peppers saute for a minute, add the grated carrots and saute till they wilt a little, now add the baked beans and all the dry spices - turmeric, red chilly and curry powder, the stock cube and ½ cup hot water , cover and cook for 7 - 10 minutes. 
Taste and then add salt if necessary. Switch off the flame. 

To Make The Pap Pap
In a large sauce pan add the water and butter, when it comes to a rolling boil add milk and the polenta, keep stirring till it form a lump free batter. Keep stirring for another two minutes. Then cover and cook for 7- 10 minutes, stirring after every 2 minutes, till all the water is absorbed. 
Add the cheese and a salt to taste give it a good mix. Pap Pap is ready.
Serve the Pap Pap with Chakalaka and Enjoy!!
Labels : Main course, Lesotho, African, Stew, Vegan, Gluten free, Coloured Bell Peppers, Carrots, Eat the World, Cornmeal, International Cuisine

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  1. So many of you made versions of this beautiful dish today! I'm going to have to put it on my to try list soon.

  2. It's a very attractive meal and it sounds as though it would be delicious as well.

  3. Delicious one. Beans would have added extra flavor and this is a satisfying meal. I love the addition of butter to pap papa.