RECIPE: Setjetsa / IsiJingi (Pumpkin And Maize Meal Dish)


I don’t know about that….but then again no one believed Noah.

While everyone is getting themselves worked up about the rapture….let’s has a look at this pumpkin and maize meal dish….

Setjetsa is a Sotho dish popular in the Free State region.  Zulus call it IsiJingi.  It is served as a main dish. It is very easy to prepare and dangerously delicious…..on its own.  It’ll have you addicted.  I know my fellow South Africans are meat lovers, at least my friends are but you won’t be in need of the meat if serving this dish.

Finally, if the tomorrow is really the end of the world then let this be my last post.  Happy Cooking!


Isijingi (Pumpkin and Maizemeal Dish)


Setjetsa / Isijingi Recipe

Serves: 6

Half a pumpkin or 1 medium sized butternut, cubed

500ml (2 cups) full cream milk

500ml (2 cups) boiling water

500ml (2 cups) maize meal

30ml (2tbsp) cream

15ml (1Tbsp) butter

10ml (2tsp) salt

1ml white pepper (optional


  1. Cook pumpkin in boiling water and milk until soft.
  2. Add maize meal and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes, stirring continuously until cooked.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Serve hot.

Thuli’s Tip:


You may be interested in trying out this Isijingi Cheesecake recipe.  It will be worth your while.  👇

RECIPE: No-Bake Isijingi Cheesecake With Raspberry Compote

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 ( 6 )

    • Thanks! It is delicious and very easy to prepare 🙂

  • That looks really good. I found you from the foodie blog roll and I like your recipes here. I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this pumpkin widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about pumpkin recipes,Thanks!

  • Ayanda

    Thuli, I am literally crying tears of joy right now.

    One of the strongest and most vivid memories from my childhood was when the lady who looked after me would cook this for me! I was about 4 or 5 at the time. I was one of those children who never used to like food and barely ate, but she made this dish once (and served it with sugar, so it was sweet) and it was the only thing I ate for months and months afterwards! My grandfather grew the pumpkins so my dad would always ensure we come back with one after visiting him, so I could have my special dish made for me. I still remember the smell and the taste as though I ate it just this morning!

    I know mine will never taste as great as it did when she made it, but I will definitely give it a try! After she left., my mom attempted to make it, but never got it right (we’re Zulu & it’s not popular with us). I am sooooo grateful for your website, as I have literally found a piece of my childhood!

    Thank you so much!

    • Wow! Thanks so much Ayanda for your comment and sharing your story with us! I’m sooo glad I could help take you back to those memories….we need to cherish them. I’ve noticed as you grow up there’s nothing quite like your childhood memories…. the good times and the people. I must say this dish is delicious I even add cinnamon to it, cook it with just milk and eat it like that! Mmmmm! Keep coming back for some more stories and recipes.

  • Lethu

    Thank you so much for these recipes. They are so crucial to our well-beings!! you rock!

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