Traditional South African Recipe: Pap-en-Sous

pap and sous

Traditional South African recipe – pap en sous (sauce), is loved by millions of South Africans. Consisting mainly of maize meal water and salt although other ingredients can be added if desired. Best enjoyed with boerewors and accompanied with a tomato and onion relish (sous). A tasty treat for any braai lover.

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This dish is best complemented by South African wine brand, Welmoed Pinotage.

Ingredients for Mielie Pap:

  • 500 ml water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups maize meal


  1. Boil the water in a large pot
  2. Add the salt
  3. Add the maize meal slowly
  4. Mix well until mixture is smooth in consistency
  5. Cover and simmer on a low heat for 30 – 40 min, stirring occasionally

Ingredients for the Sous (sauce) – Tomato Relish:

  • 3 onions chopped
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 250 ml tomato sauce
  • 80 ml vinegar
  • 80 ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 30 ml sugar
  • 125 ml water
  • 1/2 tsp dry English mustard powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Sauté the onions and tomatoes till tender
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the mix
  3. Cook for 5 minutes
  4. Add Maizena to thicken if desired.


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