Mince noBhontshisi (Beans) Served on Phuthu

Yesterday, I had an amazing time cooking at the HecticNine 9 Studios!  Oh my God!  The presenters, Ayanda and Lesego, are insane!  There’s too much energy in that studio and they are both complete naturals!  They make TV presenting look effortless!  I really take my hat off to them.

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The theme  or rather topic of the episode was KZN townships, the lifestyle, food, music and the people.  My KZN based reader turned friend and colleague, Samkelisiwe Mhlongo, came to my rescue.   We brainstormed recipe ideas and I ended up going for the Mince noBhontshisi recipe.  It’s an easy recipe, perfect for mid-week.  One wont spend a lot of time slaving in the kitchen.   Samkelisiwe tells me they serve it with Phuthu, Rice or uJeqe (Steamed Bread).  You should have seen the crew after the filming.  Let me just say, there was no food left!  Ha!  Check out the recipe below!


“Hayi sana wayishaya intoyakho uyeva!  Bendizibuza umpokoqo and then yhooo bekumnandi ukujongile okwakutya dear” Nangamso Mguga


Mince and Bhontshisi (Beans) Served on Phuthu

Serves: 2 – 4


30ml (2Tbsp) canola or olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 red or yellow pepper, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

10ml (2tsp) medium curry powder

±400g lean beef mince

1 beef stock pot

30ml (2Tbsp) tomato paste

400g (1 can) red kidney beans, drained

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

5 sprigs Italian parsley, chopped



  1. Heat oil in a frying pan.  Add the onions, garlic and fry gently until transparent.
  2. Add peppers and cook, stirring continuously until they start to soften, say for about a minute.   The peppers should not lose their crispy texture.
  3. Add curry powder and stir it in with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add mince and cook until its starts to brown.
  5. Add stock pot and mix it through until dissolved and blended.
  6. Add beans and stir them into the mince mixture.
  7. Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper.
  8. Add parsley just before serving.
  9. Serve with hot Phutu and sliced chillies.



Serves: 4


250ml (1 cup) boiling water

15ml (1Tbsp) butter

750ml (3 cups) quick cooking maize-meal



  1. Transfer the boiling water to a medium sized saucepan.  Add the butter into the boiling water.
  2. Add maize-meal all at once stirring with a fork until it starts to resemble coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Cover with lid and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Serve.

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.

Comment ( 1 )

  • Mpho

    I dont how to make nobhotshisi, i want to try i like it and it looks nice

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