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Krummel Pap / Putu Pap / Crumbly Porridge / Pap

Krummel Pap (Afrikaans) also known as Putu Pap (Pedi), which means “Crumbly porridge”, is made with Maize Meal and very little water. Giving it a dry and crumbly texture.

It is very cheap and easy to make and is considered a staple in most homes in South Africa across all cultures.


  1. 1.5 Cups of water
  2. 2 Cups of Maize Meal
  3. 3 tsp salt


  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot
  2. Add Salt
  3. Take pot off heat. Add Maize Meal and mix with a large fork. Continue to mix until pieces are no larger than cous cous
  4. Place back on low heat and cover with lid
  5. Let steam for 40-45 minutes
  6. Perform taste test. If gritty, let it steam for longer
  7. When ready, remove from heat and use fork to break up again.

Tomato and Onion based sauce:

Krummel pap is usually enjoyed warm with a tomato and onion based sauce when combined with a savoury meal. However, we love adding cold milk and sugar to it the next morning and having it for breakfast. You were considered lucky if you managed to get some of the slightly burned pieces at the bottom of the pot.


  1. 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  2. 1 medium onion
  3. 100g Mrs Balls Original Recipe Chutney
  4. Salt to taste
  5. 1 tbs olive oil


  1. Dice onions
  2. Add olive oil to a pan or a wok
  3. Cook the onions until brown and caramelise a little
  4. Add tinned tomatoes and chutney
  5. Add salt to taste
  6. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until tomatoes are soft

Serve Boerewors, lamb chops and krummel pap with tomato and onion sauce together with any veggies or salad. We made some roast carrots.

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