Crumbed Prawns And Imifino With A Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce


This is my fourth and last recipe that I created using the Knorr Crispy & Tasty Coatings.  I wanted something fun, festive, colourful and yet with a twist of tradition.  Imifino is traditionally eaten with hands and for this dish that is exactly the case.  Prawns are very easy to coat with the Crispy and Tasty Coating, in addition to that, they do not require a lot of cooking.  Imifino (Morogo) is also easy to prepare, just make sure no lumps are formed.  The dish can be served at a party, just picture it with a glass of bubbly!  That sounds divine doesn’t it?  Go ahead and try it this festive season and share your experience with us.  Have fun and enjoy!


Crumbed Prawns & Imfino with a Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce


Makes: 20.


20 uncooked prawns in their shells

125ml (½ cup) milk

1 packet Knorr Crispy & Tasty Chicken Coating with Sweet Chilli Dip-Mix

100ml sunflower or canola oil, for frying

20 cherry tomatoes

75ml (5 Tbsp) lite mayonnaise

15ml (1 Tbsp) tomato sauce


For the imfino: 


30ml (2 Tbsp) sunflower or canola oil

half an onion, peeled and finely chopped

half a red pepper, finely chopped

5ml (1 tsp) crushed fresh garlic

2.5ml (½ tsp) chopped fresh red chilli

3 cups spinach, shredded

2 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed

15ml (1 Tbsp) fresh parsley, chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper

625ml (2½ cups) boiling water

1 Knorr Vegetable Stock Pot

250ml (1 cup) quick-cooking maize meal

5ml (1 tsp) butter




  1. First, mak imfino cubes. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat oil and sauté the onion, red pepper, garlic and chilli for 1 minute.
  2. Add the spinach and keep stirring until it until it has wilted, then add the mashed potatoes and mix together.
  3. Add the parsley and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. For the pap:  Place the boiling water and the contents of the Knorr Vegetable Stock Pot in a small saucepan.
  5. Add the maize meal to the water and stir vigorously until smooth.  Cook at a low heat until thick.
  6. Combine the pap and the spinach mixture and stir well.  Add the butter to give it a glossy shine.
  7. Lightly grease a rectangular baking dish or tray.  Transfer the pap/spinach mixture to the tray.
  8. Flatten the mixture in the tray to give it a level surface, then place in the fridge to firm up for 45 minutes or longer.
  9. For the prawns: Dip the prawns into the milk and roll them in the coating crumbs. Set the Dip-Mix aside for the sauce (see step 12).
  10. Heat oil and fry the prawns on both sides until golden and crisp. Drain on a paper towel.
  11. To assemble: Cut the chilled and set imfino into 2.5 cm cubes. Place a cherry tomato on top of each cube, and a coated prawn on top.  Join together with a skewer.
  12. For the sauce:  Combine the mayonnaise, tomato sauce and contents of the Dip-Mix in a small bowl and mix well.
  13. Serve the prawn and imfino stacks with the sauce on the side.



Author Info


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comment ( 1 )

  • Chuma

    Hi Thuli, what can I substitute prawns with? I am allergic to seafood

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