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Wednesday 18 May 2022


800g amadumbe
Salted water to cover amadumbe
300g flour and extra to dust
1 egg
1 cup parmesan and ricotta


  • Boil amadumbes for 20 minutes (skin on) until soft.
  • Peel and mash while still warm, press through a sieve until smooth.
  • In a large bowl or clean counter top mix amadumbes, seasoning, flour and ricotta and parmesan.
  • Make a well and break the egg into the centre of the well
  • Be careful to not over work the dough and to not add too much flour.
  • Press together until a ball forms.
  • Divide into four and roll each piece into a sausage.
  • Cut each sausage into bite sized pieces.



2 tbsp oil
1 onion, diced
2 tsp chilli and garlic paste
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
2 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 can tinned Italian tomato
¾ cup cream
12 beautiful large prawns
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 Tbsp sugar
A handful fresh coriander
Fresh lime


  • Heat the oil and fry the onion until soft and golden.
  • Add the chilli and garlic paste.
  • Add the spices and cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the canned tomato and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cream and prawns and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Balance the flavour by adding sugar, salt, pepper and fresh lime juice to taste.



A great wheat and gluten free alternative to a south African favourite.

200g brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp smooth apricot jam, a little melted
250g rainbow maize meal (or any maize meal)
1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
125 ml milk
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp vanilla essence

½ cup cream
½ cup milk
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 170°
  • Beat the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy and then add all the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  • Pour or spoon into a greased 2 litre ovenproof dish.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is nicely browned and it is cooked through.
  • While it bakes make the sauce by simmering all the ingredients together for 5 minutes.
  • As soon as the pudding comes out the oven, prick it all over with a fork and pour the sauce over immediately. It looks like a lot but it will eventually be absorbed by the pudding so just be patient.
  • Serve warm with custard, mascarpone or ice cream.

TAGS: recipes, Homegrown Tastes South Africa