Kota (Township Burger) with Atchar, Ham and Egg

I wrote a post on Kotas a while ago and folks have been asking for a recipe……..

I’ve been wanting to make up a Kota recipe but needed some encouragement.  So, my sister visited and she was keen.  It is much fun when two eager beavers are preparing them…

We omitted the potato chips but the kotas were quiet filing.  Talking about potato chips,  some say kotas are fattening but still choose to have them with chips.  Let’s look at it this way, bread used is a carbohydrate, the chips are carbohydrates with fat absorbed from frying.  So, why add them?

On the other hand, some folks have physically demanding jobs and therefore it is okay for them to have a kota, with chips and the works.  Their bodies need that energy.   I think people should look at their energy output and let that determine their food intake then stop making statements like kotas are fattening.  After all, too much of anything is bad.

We grew up on kotas, some of us would remember them from way back in our school days.  Come lunch time we would run to queue up at the tuck shop and buy them.  Hope you get to try out the recipe.  Enjoy!

Kota with Atchar, Ham and Egg 

Serves: 4 


2 garlic paninis, cut in the middle

2 slices smoked ham

4 slices sweetmilk flavoured processe cheese

2 eggs, fried

mango atchar

tomato sauce

sweet chilli sauce

peri – peri sauce

Assembling:  layer all the ingredients inside the paninis.  Cut each panini into half.  Enjoy!

About Author


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.

Comments ( 4 )

  • tebatso nkosi

    hi my name is Tebatso nkosi and im 24years old based in ivory park midrand,i have an idea of starting a food businesss like selling kota,plate and magwinya,be different .them problem is that im scared the whole project might not go well.

    • Hi Tebatso,

      Thank you for writing. How you are feeling is completely natural. I would advise you to take a leap of faith and start your business. Listen to the feedback from your customers and use it to improve the business. But it is important that you get started. Good luck and please do keep me posted! 🙂

      Thuli Xx

  • Pretty

    I want to start a kota business in freedom park
    my worry is I don’t know if people from that places knows/likes kotas or not

    maybe I will be running a lose

  • Nonhlanhla

    Hi there,my name is Nonhlanhla and I also willing to start this Kota business soon in KZN but I am struggling with nice and easy to make sauce please help.And am also not sure for how long must I cook my chips for my kota.

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