Product Review: White Star Quik Maize Meal


It happened that I was among the last people to find out about the new White Star 2 minute maize meal.

White Star

Few of my friends were raving about it on facebook and I thought I would also give it a try and of course set my timer.  Hehe!  These were my findings:

  • Quality – The end results were really impressive.  Texture wise, the pap is light and somewhat resembles mashed potatoes.
  • It really cooks in two minutes as claimed.  That means it saves time and electricity!!
  • Mouthfeel – In my personal opinion, I find this maize meal lighter than the normal one.   Normal maize meal is dense.  It’s impressive that the product development team has managed to get a mouthfeel characteristic of normal maize meal.  Kudos to them!
  • Great innovative packaging – In terms of appearance the packaging is not only stunning but it is resealable too i.e. if you have a heat sealing machine at home.
  • It is versatile- one gets to prepare the breakfast porridge (isidudu), stiff pap (umqa) and Madiba’s favourite -phuthu / krummel pap (umphokoqo).  I’m just wondering how it would taste like if used to prepare Mageu.  I guess we’ll have to test that at some point.
  • It’s also available in two sizes i.e. 1kg and 2.5kg

That is not tall, according to the annual Sunday Times Top Brands Study 2012, the White Star brand is rated as the most popular maize meal brand in the country.

Cooked Pap

Stiff Pap Recipe

Serves: 2

2½ cups boiling water

1 cup White Star Quick

15ml butter

5ml English Mustard

60ml frozen vegetables

5ml dried parsley

Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Add water to a saucepan, gradually add maize meal while stirring.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cook on high heat for 2 minutes.


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 ( 8 )

  • I just made pap for the first time ever for the latest Freshly Blogged challenge. I was surprised how quickly it cooked. I don’t think it was this quick cooking one, but even so it was done in five minutes… but of course I might have been doing it all wrong!
    I haven;t yet worked out the difference between all the different types of pap. Do you just use more water for the breakfast porridge?

  • Having read more on pap, I now realise that I should have left it cooking on low even after it was thick, thick. It got a second cooking for the dish I was making anyway, so I guess it was all fine in the end!

    • I’m sure it was fine Kit. Try the quick cooking maize meal as well. See the difference in the cooking time and let me know. Enjoy!

  • kedibone mimi sechuane

    Hi Thuli, can you please send me the recipe for Mageu, I have been looking for it everywhere, you are my last hope.

    • Hi Kedi,

      Thanks for visiting. Please do spend some time on perusing the blog. I’m sure you will find what you are looking for. *winks* Let me know how it goes.


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