Call it mealie pap or Isidudu but this breakfast porridge is very popular especially among Xhosa people. I can guarantee you almost every Xhosa person, famous or not they grew up on this pap….. i.e. the older generation,self-included haha! (not the children these days).
Its best served hot from the stove before the thick layer starts forming on the surface. A lot of people who love this mealie pap enjoy it with sugar and one or two of the following; butter/margarine or peanut butter or vinegar or milk.
Personally, I prefer mine with sugar and some peanut butter, I mean lots and lots of peanut butter something like two to three tablespoons. I especially like the crunchy one…..the idea of biting into a peanut every now and then gives me the thrill.
Growing up my mom prepared it with vinegar for us kids, I can still taste that sour taste even today. Until this day she wakes up and prepares the porridge but now there’s no pressure…..you can dish yourself up if you like or just have one of the ready-made cereals e.g. cornflakes
Nowadays you really have to love mealie pap to wake up and prepare it or let me rather say you really have to miss it. There’s too much competition in terms of breakfast porridge offerings available to a consumer.
Anyways, I make up my porridge because it has a feel-good connotation to it. I grew up on it……How do you like your mealie pap?
Mealie Pap / Isidudu Recipe
750ml boiling water
150ml maize meal
250ml cold water
- Transfer the boiling water to a saucepan.
- Make a paste with maize meal, cold water and add salt to the paste.
- Add the paste to the boiling water and stir with a wooden spoon until it boils.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Serve with sugar and milk.
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