Remember the year 1994? The excitement in the air from young adults to the elderly…all looking forward to putting the symbol X on their ballot papers…for the first time in their lives. Also excited at the prospect of having a black president for the first time in the history of South Africa!
I was too young to vote back then but I clearly remember the excitement from everyone around me, my mom, aunts, uncles and the whole community at large. As the adults went to vote us kids spent the day all eyes glued on TV! Those were really exciting times indeed! Now it is 17 years after that and we are celebrating that day, Freedom day! I thought of an easy and yet tasty recipe for you to prepare at home on this day, Isithwalaphishi. It is a Zulu traditional dish. It goes well with stews, potjie, or even braaied chops or sausage with some chakalaka. However, I won’t lie I tried the dish for the first time and I consumed it as it is.…no meat and no gravies, it was just delicious coming straight from the pot. So if you are a vegetarian this one is for you. Enjoy! Happy Freedom Day to all my fellow South Africans!
1½ cup sugar beans
750ml boiling water
1½ cup maize meal
45ml (3tbsp) butter
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2ml Italian herbs (or any herbs of your choice)
2ml black pepper
- Soak beans overnight. Throw away the soaking water and rinse.
- Boil the beans in a saucepan until cooked.
- When cooked add maize meal and stir with a wooden spoon to prevent lumps.
- Continue stirring and let simmer for a few minutes until cooked.
- In another saucepan, sauté the onion in 15ml (1tbsp) butter until translucent.
- Add the red pepper, garlic clove and Italian herbs.
- Add the bean mixture and continue mixing.
- Add the rest of the butter and mix.
- Serve hot with meat or veggies