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Chakalaka Recipe (Saturday Dinner Ideas)

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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Chakalaka is a traditional South African vegetable relish that goes well with bread, stews, meat, and other dishes. This post will teach you how to make it quickly and easily.


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 50 g ginger finely grated
  • 2 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 1 red pepper finely chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper finely chopped
  • 5 large carrots (unpeeled but scrubbed and topped and tailed) grated
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves only
  • 400 g can baked beans
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Then add the onion and cook until it is translucent and softened.
  2. Combine the garlic, ginger, and curry powder in a mixing bowl. To combine, stir everything together.
  3. Mix in the peppers. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Mix in the carrots. Stir everything together and make sure it’s all coated in curry powder.
  5. Toss in the tomatoes and tomato paste. To combine, stir everything together.
  6. Cook for 5-10 minutes. The mixture should be well combined and slightly thickened.
  7. Baked beans and fresh thyme are optional. Cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat. It can be served either hot or cold.


No notes.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: None
  • Cuisine: African


  • Serving Size: 6 servings
  • Calories: 200kcal
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 412mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg

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